Definitions of grasp

  1. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; " he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  2. get the meaning of something; " Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
  3. 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"
  4. the limit of capability; " within the compass of education"
  5. a firm controlling influence; " 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"
  6. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; " he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; " it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  7. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.
  8. To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.
  9. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.
  10. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
  11. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.
  12. Forcible possession; hold.
  13. Wide- reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.
  14. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
  15. To seize or catch at; hold by clasping or contracting; as, grasp the rope quickly; to take hold of mentally, or understand.
  16. A seizure of the hand; power of seizure; hold; mental capacity.
  17. To seize and hold by clasping with the fingers or arms: to catch at.
  18. To endeavor to seize: to catch ( followed by at).
  19. Gripe of the hand: reach of the arms: power of seizure.
  20. Gripe; power of seizure.
  21. To endeavor to seize.
  22. To gripe; seize and hold.
  23. To seize with the hand; embrace firmly; comprehend.
  24. A grip of the hand.
  25. Ability to seize and hold; possession; comprehension.
  26. A gripe of the hand; reach of the arms; the power of seizing; hold; intellectual capacity.
  27. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing; to catch at.
  28. To try to seize; to catch.
  29. The grip or seizure of the hand; hold or possession; power of seizing.
  30. To grip or seize the hand; to catch at; to lay hold of greedily; to encroach.

Usage examples for grasp

  1. But he swayed on his bent knee; the rifle slipped from his grasp. – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  2. The moment Marcy Gray recovered his feet he made an effort to pick up the glass that had fallen from his grasp, but to his surprise, his left hand refused to obey his will. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  3. Going down the stairs she caught Judith's hand, with a quick, childish grasp. – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  4. I did my best to call forth his faith in Christ, and make it strong and clear, till at last- thanks be to the Lord- I brought him to the love of Him, with the whole grasp of his soul. – Robinson Crusoe In Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
  5. He was not angry with her; on the contrary, he had thanked her, and the grasp of his hand had been as cordial as ever. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  6. With the greatest difficulty, Carey got him to let go the firm grasp he had of his legs; and which he seemed inclined to hold till he got his request granted. – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  7. Peter held him by both his feet, and Mr. Jones had his hand within his grasp. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  8. I would have been very much cut up had I known that this hurried grasp of the hand with So long, old boy. – 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad
  9. " I don't think you quite grasp my point yet," said Meldon. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  10. A cold hand seemed to grasp my heart- a horrible fear that I had lost all that I cared for- all that made life desirable. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  11. I had felt success almost within my grasp, and now my plans had fallen through entirely. – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  12. It is I that hold it in my grasp, and you, too! – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  13. That is a lesson that I have learned by bitter experience, and I have resolved, among other things, and above all, never, under any circumstances, to put myself within the grasp of the lawyers; and if you only knew what bother I've had, you wouldn't blame me. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  14. In the grasp of his long nervous fingers, how small it was! – The Untamed by Max Brand
  15. " The grasp of your hand at once taught me that you were friendly as well as a Friend," I replied. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  16. And still he could not grasp the position. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. This we shall make so plain and certain that anybody may grasp it. – The Apology of the Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon
  18. The Bishop stretched out a hand and caught Walden's in a close grasp. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  19. Then, said Margery, earnestly, let not go your grasp till you have fast hold of Him. – Mistress Margery by Emily Sarah Holt