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Webster 1913 Edition


Grasp

Grasp

,
Verb.
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 of.
Thy hand is made to
grasp
a palmer’s staff.
Shakespeare
2.
To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.

Grasp

,
Verb.
I.
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.
Shakespeare
To grasp at
,
to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire,

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
.
Shakespeare
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Grasp

GR`ASP

,
Verb.
T.
To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms. We say, to grasp with the hand, or with the arms.
1.
To catch; to seize; to lay hold of; to take possession of. Kings often grasp more than they can hold.

GR`ASP

,
Verb.
I.
To catch or seize; to gripe.
1.
To struggle; to strive. [Not in use.]
2.
To encroach.
To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize.
Alexander grasped at universal empire.

GR`ASP

,
Noun.
The gripe or seizure of the hand. This seems to be its proper sense; but it denotes also a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
1.
Possession; hold.
2.
Reach of the arms; and figuratively, the power of seizing. Bonaparte seemed to think he had the Russian empire within his grasp.

Definition 2023


grasp

grasp

See also: GRASP

English

Verb

grasp (third-person singular simple present grasps, present participle grasping, simple past and past participle grasped)

  1. To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  2. To understand.
    I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity.
  3. To take advantage of something, to seize, to jump at a chance.

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

grasp (plural grasps)

  1. Grip.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. Understanding.
  3. That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.
    The goal is within my grasp.

Translations