clasp [-s] n

see clasp, v.

  1. Fastener; brooch; buckle; closing mechanism on a piece of jewelry; [fig.] closure; encore; final display.

clasp [-s] v

appeared in the 14<sup>th</sup> c.; origin obscure.

  1. Touch; meet; reach to; [referring to a pair of mittens.]
  2. Seal; claim; [fig.] espouse; become as one with.
  3. Clutch; grasp; grip; inclose; enfold; hold tightly; [fig.] possess.
  4. Grab; cling to; latch onto.
  5. Meet; cover; [fig.] embrace; hug.