To catch and hold by twining or embracing; surround and cling to, as a vine to a tree; embrace closely; inclose or encompass, as with the arms, hands, or fingers; grasp.To shut or fasten together with or as with a clasp.To cling.n. A catch or hook used to hold together two things, or two parts of the same thing.n. Specifically— A broad, flat hook or catch used to hold together the covers of a book.n. A hook used to hold together two parts of a garment, or serve as an ornament: as, a cloak-clasp. See agraffe, brooch, fermail.n. A small piece of tin or other metal passed through or around two objects, and bent over to fasten them together.n. In spinning, an arrangement consisting of two horizontal beams, the upper pressed upon the lower one, or lifted for drawing out the thread.n. A clinging or grasping, especially of the arms or hands; a close embrace.n. In entomology, the claspers at the end of the male abdomen, designed for retaining the female.To attach holdfasts of metal to the outer edges of (a book-cover) to prevent its yawning or warping.n. n. In the British army, a narrow flat bar of metal forming part of a military decoration, and bearing the name of some action at which the bearer was present.