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

  • transitive v. To release or loosen the clasp of.
  • transitive v. To release or loosen from a clasp or an embrace.
  • intransitive v. To become unfastened.
  • intransitive v. To release or relax a clasp or grasp; let go.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To release the clasp from something
  • v. To become unfastened

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loose the clasp of; to open, as something that is fastened with, or as with, a clasp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To loosen the clasp of, as a purse or a belt.
  • To lay open; reveal; disclose.

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

  • v. release from a clasp


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