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clasp

[klasp]
(design engineering)
A releasable catch which holds two or more objects together.
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CLASP

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Undoing the silver clasps, he opened the volume, and took from among its black-letter pages a rose, or what was once a rose, though now the green leaves and crimson petals had assumed one brownish hue, and the ancient flower seemed ready to crumble to dust in the doctor's hands.
A babe was clasped in the arms of another and older woman.
Again they clasped hands, and again Slosson's hand went down.
She clasped her hands imploringly; the tears flowed fast over her cheeks.
Of all this Quasimodo could distinguish only the beautiful clasped hands, the smiles mingled with tears, the young girl's glances directed to the stars, the eyes of the captain lowered ardently upon her.
Her narrow and supple waist, which a hand may clasp around, sets forth the outline of her rounded figure and the beauty of her bosom, where youth in its flower displays the wealth of its treasures; and beneath the silken folds of her tunic she seems to have been modelled in pure silver by the godlike hand of Vicvarcarma, the immortal sculptor."
"But, my children--tell me, I beg of you--where are my children?" and she clasped her hands in anxious entreaty.
She stooped to kiss the child, and fondly clasped her arm round his neck.
She turned round on her chair, flushed crimson, and rapidly moving her fingers, pinched the clasp of her belt first with one hand and then with the other.
And clasped in my arms as she had never been, as I had thought she never was to be!
But when I spoke of dragging her to the chief then she flung herself upon the ground, and clasped my knees, for since I called him old, she thought that this chief could not be Umslopogaas.
When the little lady had trotted away on her mission, Dorothea stood in the middle of the library with her hands falling clasped before her, making no attempt to compose herself in an attitude of dignified unconsciousness.