Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metal fastener with a hinged slotted part that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock.
  • transitive v. To close or lock with such a fastener.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clasp, especially a metal strap fastened by a padlock or a pin; also, a hook for fastening a door.
  • v. To shut or fasten with a hasp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clasp, especially a metal strap permanently fast at one end to a staple or pin, while the other passes over a staple, and is fastened by a padlock or a pin; also, a metallic hook for fastening a door.
  • n. A spindle to wind yarn, thread, or silk on.
  • n. An instrument for cutting the surface of grass land; a scarifier.
  • transitive v. To shut or fasten with a hasp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shut or fasten with a hasp.
  • To clasp; inclose; fasten as if with a hasp.
  • n. A clasp; especially, a clasp that passes over a staple and is fastened by a pin or a padlock; also, a metal hook for fastening a door.
  • n. A spindle to wind yarn, thread, or silk on.
  • n. A thread, string, or skein.
  • n. A quantity of yarn, the fourth part of a spindle.
  • n. An instrument for cutting the surface of grass-land. In this sense also called a scarifier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock
  • v. secure or lock with a hasp

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hæsp, hæpse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Iron bar, with part of the iron plate or hasp which is secured by the lock and keeps the bar in place: Hereford 177 78.

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  • Iron bar, with part of the iron plate or hasp which is secured by the lock and keeps the bar in place: Hereford.]

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  • I'll share one with you: Needing a piece of wood to fill the gap between a screen door and a spring hasp if you don't know what that is, I can't explain it to you, I dismantled a bookcase, removed the back, stacked the books on the floor, and cut off a teensy-tiny piece of fiberboard, solving that problem.

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  • He picked up the stoutest of the screwdrivers he had brought with him, slid it into the hasp, and twisted.

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  • Flange and hasp makers are the biggest customers for widgets, domestically and internationally.

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  • The little green, wooden house has screened windows, a door with a hasp, and a hatch that lifts open to the nesting box where you collect eggs.

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  • Reading up on chicken predation, I learned that a raccoon can use its tiny hands to open a hasp.

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  • “Is this the dream of language,” the poet asks, and then confronts the reader with the possibilities: “a trap with rusted hasp (suggests escape/but offers teeth)” The musical beauty of language is not forgotten either, and in another moment of the same poem, we are offered these lines:

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  • He pulled out the leather tube, untied the top, flipped open the interior metal hasp, and opened it.

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  • Michael grabbed the leather tube off the ground where he had left it and stuffed the rod back inside, turning the hasp and sealing it up.

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