AskDefine | Define clasp

Dictionary Definition



1 a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
2 the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold]


1 hold firmly and tightly [ant: unclasp]
2 fasten with or as if with a brooch [syn: brooch]
3 fasten with a buckle or buckles [syn: buckle] [ant: unbuckle]
4 grasp firmly; "The child clasped my hands" [ant: unclasp]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
    They clasped hands and parted as friends.


take hold of; grab tightly


  1. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.
    I always have a hard time working the clasp on this necklace.


fastener or holder
  • Japanese: 留め金 (とめがね, tomegane)

Extensive Definition

For the use of the term clasp to refer to a mechanical fastening device, see fastener.
For the University of Colorado's program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice, see CLASP.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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