Pronunciation: (klasp, kläsp), [key]
n., v., clasped or ( Archaic ) clasptPronunciation: (klaspt, kläspt); [key] clasping.

1. a device, usually of metal, for fastening together two or more things or parts of the same thing: a clasp for paper money; a clasp on a necklace.
2. a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands.
3. a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.
4. a small bar or metal design, as a star, for affixing to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate that the bearer has been awarded the decoration an additional time.

1. to fasten with or as with a clasp.
2. to furnish with a clasp.
3. to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
4. to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.

to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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