American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Botany Denoting a leaf whose base partially or completely surrounds a stem.
- v. present participle of clasp.
“But he was conscious -- to the very depths of his being -- that a future in which Joan did not figure would be so insupportable as not to bear considering; and in the immediate present he very strongly favored the idea of clasping Joan in his arms and kissing her until further notice.”
“Through coarse Thersites-cloak, we have revelation of the heart, wild-glowing, world-clasping, that is in him.”
“People were kind of clasping their hand in prayer.”
“A man in the pews stands waving his right hand, and clasping a Bible in his left—his head is lowered and his body trembling as the drums and organ hit full volume, sending pulsating waves of sound throughout the sanctuary.”
“He did not know me, and when Ahuna told him who I was, he grovelled at my feet, almost clasping them, and mumbled a mele of all my line out of a lipless mouth.”
“They stood silent for a few moments, each clasping his own fingers, and then shook hands with officers of the New York police and fire departments.”
“He stepped forward and pulled her into him, clasping his arms around her shoulders.”
“At it happens, H. was wrong about Sir Edward Poore, third baronet, of Rushall in Wiltshire, whose crest was not a lion but an ermine-sleeved arm clasping an arrow.”
“We ate ours sitting on stools under a wet tarpaulin tent on the seafront, clasping hot little cups of mint tea with our frozen fingers like they contained the elixir of life.”
“On a magical night in 1983, Michael Jackson struck a pose on stage, clasping the black fedora on his head with his white sequined glove.”
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