To grasp at

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To grasp at to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire,
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Quotations

  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.”
  • Dame Mary Gilmore
    Dame Mary Gilmore
    “Youth troubles over eternity, age grasps at a day and is satisfied to have even the day.”

Usage

In literature:

The prize for which he had schemed and fought so long had been within his grasp only to be snatched away at the last moment.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
Madly his hands flew out to grasp at the pitching rods.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
At the same time he grasped Paul by the wrist, and drew him to the bar.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Forty-first to forty-fourth week, image in mirror laughed at and grasped at (198).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Grasping it with his left hand half way down its length, he raises his sword to sunder it at this place.
"Van Dyck" by Estelle M. Hurll
Loosening the grasp of his hand, he carried him to a little mound at the foot of the palm-tree.
"The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke
He grasped at the table-lamp only just in time to prevent it overturning.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
And to be insulted for not grasping at such martyrdom!
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Then she fell back to his side to look at it with him, clasping his hand in hers, and holding it in a warm, fond grasp.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
She rose to her feet, grasping cautiously at the slippery rock, and searched about her.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
She grasped at it before she had time to waver.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
They said that, overcome by physical weariness, he had failed to grasp his great opportunity after the victory at Dresden.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Very hesitatingly she held out her fingers, which Richard grasped and seemed in no hurry at all to release.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Each of us instinctively shouted to the others to "hold on," grasping at the same moment whatever came nearest.
"Under the Meteor Flag" by Harry Collingwood
Yet she had not at all as yet grasped their relation to her with a realising consciousness.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
But at last Mrs. Tanner seemed to grasp what was the matter.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
He gazed at me tenderly and held out his hand to press mine, when I laid it in his grasp.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
Ingleborough rose to his knees, and at a glance grasped the meaning of his companion's troubled look.
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
It must be brooded upon, gazed at, seized again and again, as distractions seem to snatch it from your grasp.
"Practical Mysticism" by Evelyn Underhill
Foiled in argument, they grasped at other weapons, stirring up the authorities and the populace to murderous fanaticism.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
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In poetry:

`And, Matthew, for thy children dead
I'll be a son to thee!'
At this he grasped my hand and said
`Alas! that cannot be.'
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
I grasped the axe with shaking hands,
I stared at the grass I trod;
For I feared to see the whole bare heavens
Filled with the face of God.
"The Wood-Cutter" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Why are these restless, vain desires,
Which always grasp at something more
To feed the spirit's hidden fires,
Which burn unseen, unnoticed soar?
"Fragment" by Margaret Davidson
My pulse is weak, I lack the strength
To grasp the force of human things,
And, being weak, I touch, at length,
With feeble fingers feebler strings.
"Like Mists That Trail" by Alexander Anderson
Wherefore sit down, good heart;
Grasp not at much, for fear thou losest all.
If comforts fell according to desert,
They would great frosts and snows destroy: For we should count, Since the last joy.
"The Size" by George Herbert
Man toiling, lab’ring with fevered strain,
High office or golden prize to gain,
Rest both weary heart and head,
And think, when thou’lt shudder in death’s cold clasp,
How earthly things will elude thy grasp,
At that harvest work instead!
"Harvests" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Del Valle's Esteban Martinez attempts to evade the grasp of Canutillo 's Ben Galaviz, Friday at Del Valle High School.
Attempting to reclaim lost ground, Major General Earl Van Dorn took a gamble that didn't pay off and demonstrated a poor grasp of logistics in the Confederate defeat at the battle of Pea Ridge.
At Frieze , Looking Back to Grasp Art's Cutting Edge.
Regarding the article, "Stillman denounces 'lie' about residency," (Sept 20), this is a perfect example of a candidate having little substance to offer grasping at straws to win an election.
Policymakers Grasping At Straws To Fix Economy.
Instead of facing the proverbial music over the lousy economy and the even lousier recovery, the Obama administration and its surrogates constantly grasp at straws, hoping to find a good, solid diversion.
The USA's performance in its 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday at the Confederations Cup left its commentators grasping at straws.
CSX Grasping at Straws to End Battle.
Seven new videos provide a professional look at the company and aim to make the unique advantages of the Bend Sensor® easier to grasp.
When it comes to any school subject, there are students who at first are not able to grasp the concept.
At Frieze, Looking Back to Grasp Art's Cutting Edge .
At Frieze, Looking Back to Grasp Art's Cutting Edge.
Hard as it may be to grasp, any one of us could get caught up in The System if we're in the wrong place at the right time.
Tennessee Democrats left to grasp at relevance.
PR Debacle In North Carolina As Duke Energy's Rogers Grasps At Straws to Save Face.
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In science:

To get a better grasp at the possible nature of the potential pointlike source around ζ Aql, we compute the flux of the hypothetical companion reproducing the observed visibility de ficit as a function of its distance, taking into account the Gaussian offaxis transmission of the single-mode fibre.
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
Probably, without having grasped the intended function, so without needing to understand the code at the abstract level.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
First of all the prototype has only been tested on a limited data set, so that the generated synthesis documents could be easily checked. However the synthesis concept aims at helping scientists to get a grasp on large volumes of data.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
Barnes also fails to grasp the point I make that the force constants are thought to be related to one another and expected to come together at some high unification energy (See Fig. 10.4, p. 189).
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Theoretically, the entire Convex Programming is within the grasp of polynomial time Interior Point Methods capable to generate high-accuracy solutions at a low iteration count.
Solving large scale polynomial convex problems on $\ell_1$/nuclear norm balls by randomized first-order algorithms
Unfortunately, the overall grain evolution problem seems to me to be beyond our grasp at this time – I don’t think we understand the parts well enough to justify trying to put them together as a whole.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
Initial understanding of the associated test suite is obtained by: (i) localizing the test suite code in the source tree, (ii) looking at overall coverage to get a notion on covered2 as well as uncovered components; and (iii) studying test suite design to grasp the granularity of units that have been used.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
To grasp testing strategies, we mainly look at the size of a unit and the presence of test helpers.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
In terms of financial developments, we believe that an empirical exploration of the self-copulas for series of diverse asset returns and at diverse frequencies is of primordial importance in order to grasp the complexity of the non-linear time-dependences.
Goodness-of-Fit tests with Dependent Observations
It is not so easy to come up with a mechanism for doing this, but we try by grasping at a straw, namely the large amounts of η ′ seen by CLEO 16 , evocative of glueballs and/or instanton effects helping things along.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
As before, to derive an identity we use the fact that, given flatness on a face, the grasping on a vertex is equivalent to the grasping on the other two.
Deriving identities for Wigner {nj}-symbols
More precisely we assumed flatness on the dual faces of an n-simplex spin-network and used such condition to “move” around a grasping operator to form equivalent configurations.
Deriving identities for Wigner {nj}-symbols
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