What does clasp mean?

Definitions for clasp
klæsp, klɑspclasp

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word clasp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. claspnoun

    a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together

  2. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, holdverb

    the act of grasping

    "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

  3. claspverb

    hold firmly and tightly

  4. brooch, claspverb

    fasten with or as if with a brooch

  5. buckle, claspverb

    fasten with a buckle or buckles

  6. claspverb

    grasp firmly

    "The child clasped my hands"


  1. claspnoun

    A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.

    I always have a hard time working the clasp on this necklace!

  2. claspnoun

    An embrace, a grasp, or handshake.

    He took her hand in a firm clasp.

  3. claspverb

    To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.

    They clasped hands and parted as friends.

  4. Etymology: Noun dated in the 13th Century and verb dated in the late 14th Century ; from claspe, possible modification of clapse, which is from. Related to enclasp.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A CLASPnoun

    Etymology: chespe, Dutch.

    The scorpion’s claws here grasp a wide extent,
    And here the crabs in lesser clasps are bent. Joseph Addison, Ovid. Met.

    Hereupon he took me aside, and opening the clasps of the parchment cover, spoke, to my great surprize, in English. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scrib.

    Your fair daughter,
    Transported with no worse nor better guard,
    But with a knave of hire, a gondalier,
    To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor. William Shakespeare, Othello.

  2. To Claspverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Sermons are the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and do open the scriptures; which being but read, remain, in comparison, still clasped. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 22.

    There Caxton slept, with Wynkin at his side,
    One clasp’d in wood, and one in strong cow-hide. Alexander Pope.

    The clasping ivy where to climb. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Occasion turneth the handle of the bottle first to be received, and after the belly, which is hard to clasp. Francis Bacon, Ess.

    Thou art a slave, whom fortune’s tender arm
    With favour never claspt, but bred a dog. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Thy suppliant
    I beg, and clasp thy knees. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    He stoop’d below
    The flying spear, and shun’d the primis’d blow;
    Then creeping, clasp’d the hero’s knees, and pray’d. Dryd.

    Now, now he clasps her to his panting breast;
    Now he devours her with his eager eyes. Smith.

    Boys, with women’s voices,
    Strive to speak big, and clasp their female joints
    In stiff unweildy arms against thy crown. William Shakespeare, Richard II.


  1. clasp

    A clasp is a device, often a fastening or securing object, designed to hold things together or tightly. It is commonly used in jewelry, clothing, and bags to securely close or connect two ends. The term can also refer to the act of grasping or gripping something tightly with one's hand or arms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Claspverb

    to shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp)

  2. Claspverb

    to inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace

  3. Claspverb

    to surround and cling to; to entwine about

  4. Claspnoun

    an adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding together two objects or the parts of anything, as the ends of a belt, the covers of a book, etc

  5. Claspnoun

    a close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand

  6. Etymology: [OE. claspen, clapsen, prob. akin to E. clap.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clasp

    klasp, n. a hook for fastening: an embrace.—v.t. to fasten with a clasp: to enclose and hold in the hand or arms: to embrace.—ns. Clasp′er, that which clasps: the tendril of a plant; Clasp′ing; Clasp′-knife, a knife the blade of which folds into the handle. [M. E. clapse, from the root of A.S. clyppan, to embrace. See Clip.]

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  1. calps

  2. claps

  3. scalp

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clasp in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clasp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of clasp in a Sentence

  1. Marjorie Holmes:

    What feeling is so nice as a child's hand in yours So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.

  2. I Ching:

    He who possesses the source of Enthusiasm Will achieve great things. Doubt not. You will gather friends around you As a hair clasp gathers the hair.

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  • закопчавам, закопчалка, захващам, токаBulgarian
  • sevřítCzech
  • Griff, Spange, greifenGerman
  • agarrar, corchete, manija, hebilla, brocheSpanish
  • kouristaa, puristaa, tarrautuaFinnish
  • serrer, fermoirFrench
  • ճարմանդArmenian
  • agrafoIdo
  • serrare, fibbia, stringere, fermaglio, gancio, agguantareItalian
  • 留め金, 締め金, クラスプJapanese
  • зграпчи, копецMacedonian
  • knip, haak, handdruk, omhelzing, omklemmen, slot, gesp, kram, schakel, greepDutch
  • agarrarPortuguese
  • apucaRomanian
  • застёжкаRussian

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    • A. jeopardize
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