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

  • transitive v. To hold in a clasp; embrace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hold in (or as if in) a clasp; to embrace

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To clasp. See inclasp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with a clasp.
  • To clasp; embrace.


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