α. OE hæpse, OE hepse (rare), 15 happys (singular); chiefly Eng. regional (southern) and Newfoundland 16– hapse, 18 heps (Cornwall), 18–19 haps, 18– apse.
β. ME happis (plural, transmission error), ME–16 haspe, ME– hasp, 15 heaspe, 15 hosp; Eng. regional (midlands) 18 'asp, 18 asp.
γ. ME hesp, ME hespe; Eng. regional (northern and north midlands) 18 esp, 18– hesp; Sc. pre-17 gesp, pre-17 heispe, pre-17 hesse (transmission error), pre-17 17 hespe, pre-17 17– hesp, pre-17 18 heisp, 17 hisp.(Show Less)
a. A hinged metal plate with a hole which fits over a staple and is secured by a pin or padlock; a similar metal plate on a case, trunk, etc., with a projecting piece which is secured by the lock; any similar device or mechanism for fastening a door, lid, window, etc.
b. Nautical. An iron clamp for fastening a spar, esp. the bowsprit or jib boom, in place. Now somewhat hist. and rare.
2. A clasp or catch for fastening two parts of a garment, the covers of a book, etc., together.
†3. Apparently: a handle on a trunk or case. Obsolete.
4. A skein or hank of yarn, thread, or silk; (also) a definite quantity of yarn or thread, usually consisting of 12 cuts or the fourth part of a spindle. Also in figurative contexts. Chiefly Sc. in later use (frequently in form hesp).
†5. A reel for winding yarn, thread, or silk. Obsolete. rare.Apparently only in dictionaries.
† Sc. Law. by hasp and staple: according to a custom by which an heir is formally entered to property held in a burgage tenure (see quot. 1861). Obsolete.Entry by hasp and staple became obsolete following the Conveyancing and Land Transfer (Scotland) Act, 1874 (37 & 38 Vict. c. 94 §25).
General attributive (in branch I.), as hasp lock, etc.
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