1. To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens
with a clasp).
2. To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.
3. To surround and cling to; to entwine about. "Clasping ivy." Milton.
1. An adjustable catch, bent plate, or hook, for holding together two objects or the parts of anything, as
the ends of a belt, the covers of a book, etc.
2. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand.
Clasp knife, a large knife, the blade of which folds or shuts into the handle. Clasp lock, a lock
which closes or secures itself by means of a spring.
1. One who, or that which, clasps, as a tendril. "The claspers of vines." Derham.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) One of a pair of organs used by the male for grasping the female among many of the
Crustacea. (b) One of a pair of male copulatory organs, developed on the anterior side of the ventral
fins of sharks and other elasmobranchs. See Illust. of Chimæra.
(Clasp"ered) a. Furnished with tendrils.
(Class) n. [F. classe, fr. L. classis class, collection, fleet; akin to Gr. klh^sis a calling, kalei^n to
call, E. claim, haul.]
1. A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes
of society; the educated class; the lower classes.
2. A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.
3. A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common
characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera,
4. A set; a kind or description, species or variety.
She had lost one class energies.
5. (Methodist Church) One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is
under the supervision of a class leader.
Class of a curve (Math.), the kind of a curve as expressed by the number of tangents that can be
drawn from any point to the curve. A circle is of the second class. Class meeting (Methodist Church),
a meeting of a class under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and relegious instruction.
(Class) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Classed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Classing.] [Cf. F. classer. See Class,
1. To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages.
In scientific arrangement, to classify is used instead of to class. Dana.
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