Meaning of CLASP in English
/ klɑːsp; NAmE klæsp/ verb , noun
■ verb [ vn ]
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
to hold sb/sth tightly with your arms around them :
She clasped the children in her arms.
He clasped her to him .
to fasten sth with a clasp :
She clasped the bracelet around her wrist.
[ 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
[ sing. ] a tight hold with your hand or in your arms :
He took her hand in his firm warm clasp.
Middle English : of unknown origin.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005