unclasp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unclasp release from a clasp "She clasped and unclasped her hands"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unclasp ŭn*klȧsp" To loose the clasp of; to open, as something that is fastened with, or as with, a clasp; as, to unclasp a book; to unclasp the hands; to unclasp one's heart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unclasp To loosen the clasp of, as a purse or a belt.
    • unclasp To lay open; reveal; disclose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unclasp un-klasp′ to loose the clasp of.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + clasp,

Usage

In literature:

She unclasped her hands, and coming forward on to her knees and bending over me, brushed a strand of hair from my forehead.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Fumbling over this, she unclasped a tiny clasp and affixed the golden coin.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
As Daoud, gasping, leaned against him, d'Ucello unclasped his cloak and wrapped it around Daoud to cover his nakedness.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Sir Hugh unclasped his arms.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He went to his animals and sat down by them, clasping and unclasping his hands.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
The girl unclasped it and pulled it free.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Then, with his free hand he unclasped her fingers and went away.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Gently he lifted it, unclasped it, drew it forth.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Gently I unclasped her hands from about my neck, and still holding them in mine I told her the story of my love for Dejah Thoris.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The woman's eyes were red and wild as she stared at him, and she stopped her moaning, and her hands unclasped.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

Dust unto dust! the lips are still
That only spoke to cheer and bless;
The folded hands lie white and chill
Unclasped from sorrow's last caress.
"In Memory Of Charles Wentworth Upham, Jr." by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We seize the god in youth;
All forms conspire to make us loose our grasp,—
Ambition, folly, gain,— till we unclasp
From the embrace of truth.
"Reality" by Emma Lazarus
And I would be the necklace,
And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,
With her laughter or her sighs:
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasp'd at night.
"The Miller's Daughter" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
But now at the gate of the garden we stand,
And the moment has come for unclasping the hand;
Will you drop it like lead, and in silence retreat
Like the twenty crushed forms from an omnibus seat?
"At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is but a word, and the chain is unbound,
The bracelet of steel drops unclasped to the ground;
No hand shall replace it,--it rests where it fell,---
It is but one word that we all know too well.
"At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
’Tis but a hundred years ago,—as nearly as may be,—
Since good King George’s vessel first anchored in Botany.
A hundred years!—Yet, oh, how many changes there have been!
Unclasp thy volume, History,—and say what thou hast seen.
"The Australiad" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

INDIANAPOLIS — The unclasping of a water hose, symbolizing a ribbon-cutting, marked the official dedication of Wayne Township's new Fire Station 82 on Saturday morning.
A woman who makes her daughter's ice skates into earrings is a woman who needs to unclasp her fist from the throat of The Ghost of Christmas Past.
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