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clasp  (klsp)
1. A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
a. An embrace or hug.
b. A grip or grasp of the hand.
3. A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
tr.v. clasped, clasp·ing, clasps
1. To fasten with or as if with a clasp.
2. To hold in a tight embrace.
3. To grip firmly in or with the hand; grasp.

[Middle English claspe, probably ultimately from Old English clyppan, to grasp, hold.]

clasp  /klsp/  n. 1 a fastener made of two parts that lock together: She fastened the clasp on her necklace. 2 a firm hold of the hands
v. [T] 1 to hold tightly: He clasped his hands together and prayed. 2 to lock together with a clasp: She clasped her necklace. clasp

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