grope

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grope fondle for sexual pleasure "He made some sexual advances at the woman in his office and groped her repeatedly"
    • v grope feel about uncertainly or blindly "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
    • v grope search blindly or uncertainly "His mind groped to make the connection"
    • n grope the act of groping; and instance of groping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grope To examine; to test; to sound. "Felix gropeth him, thinking to have a bribe."
    • Grope To feel with or use the hands; to handle.
    • Grope To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see. "We grope for the wall like the blind.""To grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities ot a worldly life."
    • Grope To search out by feeling in the dark; as, we groped our way at midnight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grope To seize or touch with or as if with the hands; grasp in any way; feel; perceive.
    • grope To search out by the sense of touch alone; find or ascertain by feeling about with the hands, as in the dark or when blind.
    • grope To use the hands; handle.
    • grope To feel about with the hands in search of something, as in the dark or as a blind person; feel one's way in darkness or obscurity; hence, to attempt anything blindly or tentatively.
    • grope Specifically To feel for fish under the bank of a brook. I. Walton. See gropple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Grope grōp to search for something, as if blind or in the dark
    • v.t Grope to search by feeling
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Quotations

  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “How do I work? I grope.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gropen, gropien, grapien, AS. grāpian, to touch, grope, fr. grīpan, to gripe. See Gripe

Usage

In literature:

Jeremy groped aimlessly at first, then, as his eyes became accustomed to the half-light, peered closely into the crevices along either side.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
The stairs were black and difficult, and I mounted them slowly, groping with both hands along the rough wall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Then he rubbed the coating of grime and soot from his face, and began groping in his pockets.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
A footfall sounded, coincident with the heavy collision into his side of an unwieldy figure whose hands, greasy and hot, groped over his.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He groped there in the scalding vapor, blindly.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Her hand groped about in his pocket, and then drew out his leathern purse.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Groping along the hallway he was vividly reminded of the time a few hours past when the girl had placed her hand within his.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He groped his way along the wall of it till he came to the door, which stood open.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Blindly he groped for the missing weed, becoming aware of a cackle of amusement nearby.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
His fingers groped lightly over the small face of clay.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
They moved, groping round it spasmodically.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The hands groped for him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Dick found a handrail and groped his way up around a spiral staircase, four flights of it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
But more often I would feel myself swell up big inside of me, restless, worrying, groping for something.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
She groped for and dropped into a wicker chair, her head sinking in shame and self-abasement.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
The place was in darkness, and he groped in his pockets for matches.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Gropingly, I followed the speaker on hands and knees.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Diego raised a heavy arm and, groping for the bottle, eagerly drained another glass of wine.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Even as he looked, she threw her arm out gropingly, and fell and leaned against the wall.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
His eyes narrowed as he groped for a plan.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

While underneath their brows
Like waifs their spirits grope
For the pools of Hebron again—
For Lebanon's summer slope.
"Through These Pale Cold Days" by Isaac Rosenberg
If such be true, this fair land of ours
Must fail to mature the Hope
That blossomed fair on Liberty's tree,
But in impotence must grope.
"Our Politics" by Jared Barhite
Below, in the dark narrow spaces,
The Islesman gropes, down in the hold;
Unnoticed, and one among many;
What harm can his hatred unfold?
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
But natured only to rejoice
At every sound or sign of hope,
And, guided by the still small voice,
In patience through the darkness grope;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Let me not grope in vain in the dark
but keep my mind still in the faith
that the day will break
and truth will appear
in its simplicity.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
"They needs must grope who cannot see,
The blade before the ear must be;
As ye are feeling I have felt,
And where ye dwell I too have dwelt.
"The Mystic’s Christmas" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The assailant groped the woman and fled, police said.
Eight of Tyrone Dinkins' female students turned to police after a school year of alleged groping and sexual innuendo.
Paulo Morales, 47, pleaded guilty in federal court to three civil rights offenses for groping the breasts of three women at Miami International Airport.
L train straphangers nail grope -a-dope.
Unfortunately, he wasn't surprised that a woman was groped at the station.
A 38-year-old Bluffton man accused of groping women in area grocery stores remains in the Beaufort County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.
A local mother is speaking out about the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer that is accused of groping several women.
A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday accused of groping two women.
A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday, accused of groping two women.
Man is accused of groping women at Walmart and Sonic.
(Newser) – A former airport security guard and target of an aggressive pat down at a Florida airport has been busted for groping a TSA manager as she demonstrated how not to search a passenger.
Mayor Pleads Not Guilty in Groping Case.
Trial of Suspect Accused of Groping Young Girls Underway.
Dull Romney Needs A ' Groping ' Scandal.
NYPD searching for Queens groping suspect.
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In science:

This follows from the fact that disjointly embedded class 2 gropes in B 4 are framed surfaces which induce the zero framings on their boundary and show the vanishing of all linking numbers.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
In fact, it will turn out that Gn is isomorphic to Tn when n is even (and to a quotient by certain 2-torsion in the odd case) via a map that is essentially defined by forgetting the roots of the rooted trees which correspond to iterated commutators determined by the grope branches.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
For the case of string links with m-strands, in we defined Gn (m) to be the monoid of m-string links modulo (3-dimensional) grope cobordism of class n + 1, and the associated graded quotients are finitely generated abelian groups.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
Feynman diagrams with grope degree n, and showed that rationally it is an isomorphism.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
We consider a second filtration on the set of framed links with m components, defined by using (framed) Whitney towers in place of (framed) gropes.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
This map ηn is closely related to the procedure for converting a Whitney tower into a grope which gives the isomor∼= Gn .
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
P Teichner, Knots, von Neumann Signatures, and Grope Cobordism.
Geometric Filtrations of Classical Link Concordance
Whitney towers, twisted Whitney towers, gropes, link concordance, trees, quadratic refinements, Arf invariants, Milnor invariants, Sato-Levine invariants, quasi-Lie algebra.
Universal Quadratic Forms and Untwisting Whitney Towers
As we are today groping toward quantization of gravity, the classical equations and their solutions can give us new insights when considered in their imaginary-time or Euclidean form, because such solutions can be used as the basis for a WKB approximation to the as yet unknown quantum theory.
Euclidean Maxwell-Einstein Theory
We introduce a geometric invariant of knots in S 3 , called the first-order genus, that is derived from certain 2-complexes called gropes, and we show it is computable for many examples.
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
We now recall the definition of a grope. A grope is a 2-complex that is formed by gluing once-punctured, orientable surfaces (henceforth “surfaces”) in stages. A grope of height one is just a surface Σ.
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
Teichner [Tei04] has a wonderful description of different types of gropes.
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
We explain presently that g1 (K ) measures the geometric complexity of a certain mapped-in grope of height two that is bounded by K .
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
The first stage of this grope is a minimal genus Seifert surface for K .
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
We call this type of grope a weak grope of height two.
The First-Order Genus of a Knot
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