Clasp knife
Clasp Clasp, n. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A close embrace; a throwing of the arms around; a grasping, as with the hand. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • clasp knife — clasp ,knife noun count a knife with a blade that folds into its handle …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clasp knife — clasp′ knife n. a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • clasp knife — ► NOUN ▪ a knife with a blade that folds into the handle …   English terms dictionary

  • clasp knife — n. a large pocketknife, esp. one with blades which, when open, can be secured by a catch …   English World dictionary

  • clasp knife — noun a large knife with one or more folding blades • Syn: ↑jackknife • Hypernyms: ↑pocketknife, ↑pocket knife * * * noun : a large pocketknife the blade or blades of which fold or shut into the handle : jackknife; …   Useful english dictionary

  • clasp knife — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms clasp knife : singular clasp knife plural clasp knives a knife with a blade that folds into its handle …   English dictionary

  • clasp-knife — noun a knife with a folding blade or blades. Syn: pocket knife …   Wiktionary

  • clasp knife — irr. pocket knife, small portable knife …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clasp knife — noun Date: 1734 pocketknife; especially a large one bladed folding knife having a catch to hold the blade open …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • clasp knife — a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle. [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

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