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CLASP, noun

1. A hook for fastening; a catch; a small hook to hold together the covers of a book, or the different parts of a garment, of a belt, etc.

2. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms round.

CLASP, verb transitive

1. To shut or fasten together with a clasp

2. To catch and hold by twining; to surround and cling to; as the clasping ivy.

3. To inclose and hold in the hand; or simply to inclose or encompass with the fingers.

4. To embrace closely; to throw the arms round; to catch with the arms.

5. To inclose, and press.