Meaning of CLASP in English

CLASP

/ klɑːsp; NAmE klæsp/ verb , noun

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

to hold sth tightly in your hand :

He leaned forward, his hands clasped tightly together.

They clasped hands (= held each other's hands) .

I stood there, clasping the door handle.

➡ note at hold

2.

to hold sb/sth tightly with your arms around them :

She clasped the children in her arms.

He clasped her to him .

3.

to fasten sth with a clasp :

She clasped the bracelet around her wrist.

■ noun

1.

[ C ] a device that fastens sth, such as a bag or the ends of a belt or a piece of jewellery :

the clasp of a necklace / handbag

—picture at jewellery

2.

[ sing. ] a tight hold with your hand or in your arms :

He took her hand in his firm warm clasp.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.