Clasp Clasp (kl[.a]sp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clasped} (kl[.a]spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clasping}] [OE. claspen, clapsen, prob. akin to E. clap.] 1. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp). [1913 Webster]

2. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace. [1913 Webster]

3. To surround and cling to; to entwine about. ``Clasping ivy.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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