grasp

grasp
grasp·able;
grasp·er;
grasp·ing·ly;
grasp·ing·ness;
grasp·less;
re·grasp;
grasp;
grasp·able·ness;
grasp·ably;

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  • Grasp — Grasp, n. 1. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms. The grasps of love. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grasp — Grasp, v. i. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive. [1913 Webster] As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued. Shak. [1913 Webster] {To grasp at}, to catch at; to try to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grasp — Grasp, v. t. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grasp — I. verb Etymology: Middle English graspen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to make the motion of seizing ; clutch transitive verb 1. to take or seize eagerly 2. to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms 3. to lay hold of with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • GRASP — general retrieval and sort processor …   Military dictionary

  • grasp at straws — or[clutch at straws] {v. phr.} To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. * /To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp at straws./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grasp at straws — or[clutch at straws] {v. phr.} To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. * /To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp at straws./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grasp at straws — phrasal to reach for or try anything in desperation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grasp the nettle — phrasal to act boldly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To grasp at — Grasp Grasp, v. i. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive. [1913 Webster] As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued. Shak. [1913 Webster] {To grasp at}, to catch at; to try… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grasper — Grasp Grasp, v. t. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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