—n. 1. a device, usually of metal, for fastening together two or more things or parts of the same thing: a clasp for paper money; a clasp on a necklace. 2. a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands. 3. a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp. 4. a small bar or metal design, as a star, for affixing to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate that the bearer has been awarded the decoration an additional time.
—v.t. 1. to fasten with or as with a clasp.
2. to furnish with a clasp.
3. to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand. 4. to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.