Definition of Clasp

1. Noun. A fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together.

Group relationships: Bag, Handbag, Pocketbook, Purse, Bangle, Bracelet
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast

2. Verb. Hold firmly and tightly.
Generic synonyms: Grasp, Hold On
Specialized synonyms: Bosom, Embrace, Hug, Squeeze
Antonyms: Unclasp

3. Noun. The act of grasping. "She kept a firm hold on the railing"
Exact synonyms: Clench, Clutch, Clutches, Grasp, Grip, Hold
Specialized synonyms: Choke Hold, Chokehold, Embrace, Embracement, Embracing, Wrestling Hold
Generic synonyms: Grasping, Prehension, Seizing, Taking Hold
Derivative terms: Clench, Clutch, Clutch, Grasp, Grip, Grip, Hold

4. Verb. Fasten with or as if with a brooch.
Exact synonyms: Brooch
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Brooch

5. Verb. Fasten with a buckle or buckles.
Exact synonyms: Buckle
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Buckle
Antonyms: Unbuckle

6. Verb. Grasp firmly. "The child clasped my hands"
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Antonyms: Unclasp

Definition of Clasp

1. v. t. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).

2. 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.

Definition of Clasp

1. Noun. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps. ¹

2. Noun. (context: in the singular) An embrace, a grasp, or handshake. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly. ¹

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Definition of Clasp

1. to embrace tightly [v CLASPED, CLASPT, CLASPING, CLASPS]

Medical Definition of Clasp

1. 1. A part of a removable partial denture that acts as a direct retainer and/or stabiliser for the denture by partially surrounding or contacting an abutment tooth. 2. A direct retainer of a removable partial denture, usually consisting of two arms joined by a body which connects with an occlusal rest; at least one arm of a clasp usually terminates in the infrabulge (gingival convergence) area of the tooth enclosed. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clasp

clary sage
clasp (current term)
clasp-knife effect
clasp-knife rigidity
clasp-knife spasticity
clasp arm
clasp guideline
clasp knife

Literary usage of Clasp

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1882)
"7205 EMBOSSED CLOTH (Levant Grain), bevelled, illuminated centres, rims and clasp. In boxes of 6 assorted $6 25 7202 FRENCH MOROCCO, gilt side, ..."

2. The Mosquitoes of North and Central America and the West Indies by Leland Ossian Howard, Harrison Gray Dyar, Frederick Knab (1915)
"clasp-filament divided into three long filamentous lobes, one of which arises ... 74) clasp-filament of three lobes, one of which iB broad and setose; ..."

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Helena takes the hand of Demetrius, Hermia that of Lysander, the men cross to each other and clasp hands, then each turns to his lady, they embrace, ..."

4. The Principles and practice of dental surgery by Chapin Aaron Harris (1858)
"As in the case of the description of the dental substitute last noticed, the clasp should be wide, and accurately fitted to the tooth. (See Fig. ..."

5. Country Life: A Handbook of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscape Gardening by Robert Morris Copeland (1866)
"... b, are the hollow ends of a clasp screw, or nut on a large scale, the ends i, b, are chambered, and have a female screw turned on their inside, ..."

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