• "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
    "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clasp hold firmly and tightly
    • v clasp grasp firmly "The child clasped my hands"
    • v clasp fasten with a buckle or buckles
    • v clasp fasten with or as if with a brooch
    • n clasp 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"
    • n clasp a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws
Decorated brass book clasps found near Jamestown which may have been used on an early Bible or prayer book Decorated brass book clasps found near Jamestown which may have been used on an early Bible or prayer book

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whitcomb L. Judson, the inventor of the zipper, originally intended his invention to save people the trouble of buttoning and unbuttoning their shoes every day. He named it the "Clasp locker and unlocker for shoes."
    • Clasp A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
    • Clasp 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.
    • Clasp To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.
    • Clasp To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).
    • Clasp To surround and cling to; to entwine about. "Clasping ivy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clasp To catch and hold by twining or embracing; surround and cling to, as a vine to a tree; embrace closely; inclose or encompass, as with the arms, hands, or fingers; grasp.
    • clasp To shut or fasten together with or as with a clasp.
    • clasp To cling.
    • n clasp A catch or hook used to hold together two things, or two parts of the same thing.
    • n clasp Specifically— A broad, flat hook or catch used to hold together the covers of a book.
    • n clasp A hook used to hold together two parts of a garment, or serve as an ornament: as, a cloak-clasp. See agraffe, brooch, fermail.
    • n clasp A small piece of tin or other metal passed through or around two objects, and bent over to fasten them together.
    • n clasp In spinning, an arrangement consisting of two horizontal beams, the upper pressed upon the lower one, or lifted for drawing out the thread.
    • n clasp A clinging or grasping, especially of the arms or hands; a close embrace.
    • n clasp In entomology, the claspers at the end of the male abdomen, designed for retaining the female.
    • clasp To attach holdfasts of metal to the outer edges of (a book-cover) to prevent its yawning or warping.
    • n clasp In the British army, a narrow flat bar of metal forming part of a military decoration, and bearing the name of some action at which the bearer was present.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clasp klasp a hook for fastening: an embrace
    • v.t Clasp to fasten with a clasp: to enclose and hold in the hand or arms: to embrace
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.”
  • I Ching
    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.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He whose hand is clasped in friendship cannot throw mud.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “Habit with its iron sinews, clasps us and leads us day by day.”
  • Anonymous
    “Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. claspen, clapsen, prob. akin to E. clap,


In literature:

He became aware at the same time of a sudden close clasp on his arm.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
Myra slipped her hand into his, which closed upon it with a strong unhesitating clasp.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
He drew her farther into the shadow and clasped his arms about her.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
This she clasped, letting go her rope.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
To this end the old bindings, with their stout sewing cord, wooden boards, and clasps, may be taken as models.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Crashaw wrung his clasped hands and put the comment on one side.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
It seemed as if the tree were stretching forth its arms to clasp the messengers of the light.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then to his utter amazement she clasped both her arms round his neck and pulled his face close to hers.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
She was kneeling on a part of a floor and had her hands clasped as if in prayer.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Then she turned round with a shudder and buried her face in her clasped hands.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

She lives unhurt--unhurt too lies
The baby in her clasp;
And her aerial tyrant dies
Just strangled in her grasp.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
The rugged trees are mingling
Their flowery sprays in love;
The ivy climbs the laurel,
To clasp the boughs above.
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
Ah, who mourns an Icelander,
all alone and dying?
Earth will clasp his corpse to her
and kiss it where it's lying.
"Quatrains" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
His kisses sooth away my pain,
His clasp is paradise . . .
Then - then I look at him again
With terror in my eyes:
"Man Child" by Robert W Service
My hair is silvered o'er with age,
I'm longing to depart;
To clasp again my mother's hand,
And be a child at heart.
"My Mother's Kiss" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And I, who woke each morrow
To clasp thy hand in mine,
Who shared thy joy and sorrow,
Whose weal and woe were thine;
"On The Death Of Joseph Rodman Drake" by Fitz-Greene Halleck

In news:

Made in Italy, it is secured with a lobster clasp.
Some clasped their hands over their mouths in reaction to particularly chilling scenes.
But when you come across a round-up of the hood clasps of 1918, you've got to go for it.
Clasping his hands together in front of him, Jets coach Rex Ryan expressed faith in his team's ability to hang together despite the pressures of a 3-6 record and a quarterback controversy.
For the past eight years parishioners from St Elizabeth Church gather for one hour every Thursday morning to pray near the Woman to Woman Gynecology clinic near one the 7900 block of W. Mostly, they clasp their rosaries and pray .
Folding bag hanger features a magnetized clasp.
The surface paint on the zippers of the coin purses and the clasps on the jewelry contain high levels of lead.
A baby clasps the hand of a UN peacekeeper as he controls a crowd in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2010.
Those plugs are far too big for a suitably sized grommet to slide over, so to take care of that rectangular hole in an oddly shaped location we decided to fab our own grommet clasp from some scrap sheetmetal.
The young girls stood before the camera in dresses, each clasping a doll and the other's hand.
On his iPhone or repairing the clasp.
The stability of RPDs is dependent on the oral anatomy and available teeth to clasp to.
Like any great centerpiece, the clasp is a wonderful accent that pulls in a multitude of colors without overwhelming the delicate strands .
Simply weave a six-foot-long dog leash along one of the chair's rails so that it's supported at each end, fasten the clasp to the leash handle, and hang the strap over your shoulder.
While the literature claims the patent is most useful for "vests, pantaloons or other garments requiring straps ," how many pantaloons do you see with elastic straps held together by clasps these days.

In science:

Since the clasps are idempotents, for each component, we put p − 1 extra clasps for each copies of components by the rotation of order p.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
First we keep the clasps far away from the crossings.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
Since we have found single clasp expansion of the clasps of weight (a, 0) and (0, b), we can extend Gsp(4) (L, µ) for µ is an irreducible representations of weight either (a, 0) and (0, b).
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
In fact, Theorem 5.3 remains true even if µ is any finite dimensional irreducible representation of sp(4), but we would not be able to obtain the actual polynomials because any expansion is not known for the clasp of the weight (a, b) where a 6= 0 6= b.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
To find a single clasp expansion of the segregated clasp of weight (a, b), we have to find all linear expansions of ˜Di,j into a new web basis D ′ i′ ,j ′ .
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras