from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
- n. An embrace or hug.
- n. A grip or grasp of the hand.
- n. A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
- transitive v. To fasten with or as if with a clasp.
- transitive v. To hold in a tight embrace.
- transitive v. To grip firmly in or with the hand; grasp.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.
- n. An embrace, a grasp, or handshake.
- v. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
- transitive v. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).
- transitive v. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.
- transitive v. To surround and cling to; to entwine about.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To shut or fasten together with or as with a clasp.
- To cling.
- To attach holdfasts of metal to the outer edges of (a book-cover) to prevent its yawning or warping.
- n. A catch or hook used to hold together two things, or two parts of the same thing.
- n. Specifically— A broad, flat hook or catch used to hold together the covers of a book.
- n. 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. A small piece of tin or other metal passed through or around two objects, and bent over to fasten them together.
- n. In spinning, an arrangement consisting of two horizontal beams, the upper pressed upon the lower one, or lifted for drawing out the thread.
- n. A clinging or grasping, especially of the arms or hands; a close embrace.
- n. In entomology, the claspers at the end of the male abdomen, designed for retaining the female.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grasp firmly
- n. the act of grasping
- n. a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
- v. hold firmly and tightly
- v. fasten with or as if with a brooch
- v. fasten with a buckle or buckles
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But he recalled the clasp of her hot arms during an hour of rest in the jungle, when she had given him a woman's reward, freely and willingly, in a burst of Oriental passion that needed no torch to inflame his desires.
The new cape was to have a wonderful metal fastener called a clasp, and life ran like a silver stream the next two days as they sewed on the new-fangled garment.
It consisted of a gold hoop, set with turquoise, and on the clasp was a beautiful bird, with open wings, all made of gold, and which quivered as Hulda carried it.
He could recall the clasp of her arms, the kiss that she had given him, the words that she had said.
And the clasp was a long one, those two brotherly hands remaining locked, one in the other.
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