4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grasp \Grasp\, noun

1. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms. "The grasps of love." --Shak.

2. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.

3. Forcible possession; hold.

The whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp. --Shak.

4. Wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.

The foremost minds of the next . . . era were not, in power of grasp, equal to their predecessors. --Z. Taylor.

5. The handle of a sword or of an oar.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grasp \Grasp\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Grasper}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Qraspine}.] [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. {Grab}, {Grope}.]

1. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.

Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff. --Shak.

2. To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grasp \Grasp\, verb (used without an object) To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.

As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued. --Shak.

{To grasp at}, to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire,

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" [syn: {appreciation}, {grasp}, {hold}]

2: the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" [syn: {compass}, {range}, {reach}, {grasp}]

3: an intellectual hold or understanding; "a good grip on French history"; "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp" [syn: {grip}, {grasp}]

4: the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: {clasp}, {clench}, {clutch}, {clutches}, {grasp}, {grip}, {hold}]


1: hold firmly [syn: {grasp}, {hold on}]

2: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: {grok}, {get the picture}, {comprehend}, {savvy}, {dig}, {grasp}, {compass}, {apprehend}]

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