- 1Grasp (something) tightly with one’s hand: he clasped her armMore example sentences
- Quickly grabbing her stuff and clasping the key tightly in her hand she ran upstairs and went to the room at the end of the corridor.
- Cradle it like a small bird or clasp it tightly like a squirming cat.
- As they tightly clasped the bewildering ballot papers bearing the names of 111 parties across the country, some shed tears of joy, some danced in the streets.
- 1.1Place (one’s arms) around something so as to hold it tightly: Kate’s arms were clasped around her kneesMore example sentences
- One of his arms is clasped around my waist, the other one resting on my shoulder.
- She clasped her arms around her legs, peering up at the man.
- She pulled her knees to her chest and clasped her arms around her shins.
- 1.2Hold (someone) tightly: he clasped Joanne in his armsMore example sentences
- Shrieking with excitement she hugged her father, clasping him tightly in her thrilled rush.
- She clasped him tightly to her and jumped off.
- ‘Yes,’ she whispers, moving forward until she's clasping him in an embrace.
- 2 • archaic Fasten (something) with a small brooch or similar device: one modest emerald clasped her robeMore example sentences
- A while silk scarf was wrapped around her shoulders, and a jade pendant was clasped around her neck.
- For posterity I'd clasped the necklace Lily had given me around my neck.
- But even so I clasped the necklace around my neck and smiled happily.
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- 1A device with interlocking parts used for fastening things together: a gold bracelet with a turquoise claspMore example sentences
- She was short but pretty, her black hair pulled up neatly in a bun and fastened together with clasps made of gold.
- One of my favorite albums, just barely held together with a gold clasp, is no bigger than my palm.
- Buttons hadn't been invented in the 5th century so sleeves were held together with elaborate bronze clasps, and at last there was an explanation for the ivory rings.
- 1.1A silver bar on a medal ribbon, inscribed with the name of the battle at which the wearer was present: he received the Queen’s medal with four claspsMore example sentences
- The medal features four clasps each bearing the names of battle honours awarded for action at Vittoria, St Sebastian, Nivelle and Nive.
- A General Service medal with a clasp bearing the campaign's name will be struck.
- Once engraved, the medals and/or clasps are sent to commanders for presentation.
- 2 [in singular] An embrace: we embraced, a tight clasp with cheeks touchingMore example sentences
- They were so close their bodies were touching, embraced in a clasp.
- What is the carefully mussed actor trying to work out exactly, sulking from exotic blonde embrace to manly clasp?
- I purposely put in all those big words because I hoped while he was figuring them out, I could get out of his very tight clasp.
- 2.1A grasp or handshake: he took her hand in a firm claspMore example sentences
- She grasped his hand in a firm clasp, and he was surprised to find hard calluses on her palm, like those gained off hard work with ship and sword.
- He accepted her gloved hand to give it a quick and firm clasp.
- When she moved to walk away, she felt Robert's gentle yet firm clasp enfold her hand.
- Shake hands with fervour or affection: they clasped hands and slapped each other on the backMore example sentences
- He moved to her side and they clasped hands, allowing themselves to shake for just this time.
- She watches the men clasp hands, again taken aback by a display of obvious affection for her father.
- Elderly folk emerging from a meeting on the beaches late last month clasped hands and insisted, ‘We are all New Zealanders.’
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- Press one’s hands together with the fingers interlaced: he lay on his back with his hands clasped behind his headMore example sentences
- He got down beside me, clasping his hands together behind his neck.
- She straightened and nodded, clasping her hands together behind her back.
- She shifted her weight back and forth clasping her hands together behind her back.
Middle English: of unknown origin.