• "He grasped my left wrist."
    "He grasped my left wrist."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj grasping immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth "they are avaricious and will do anything for money","casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields","a grasping old miser","grasping commercialism","greedy for money and power","grew richer and greedier","prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
    • n grasping the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
    • n grasping understanding with difficulty "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands." "Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An artificial hand , with fingers moved by cogwheels and levers, was designed in 1551 by Frenchman Ambroise Paré. It worked so well that a handless cavalryman was able to grasp the reins of his horse.
    • Grasping Avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man.
    • Grasping Seizing; embracing; catching.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fingerprints serve a function they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
    • grasping Eager to gain possession of something; covetous; rapacious; avaricious; exacting; miserly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grasping your ears is a sign of repentance or sincerity in India.
    • p.adj Grasping seizing: avaricious: encroaching
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  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.”
  • Jean Dubuffet
    Jean Dubuffet
    “Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.”
  • Aesop
    “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”
  • Samuel Osgood
    Samuel Osgood
    “I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
  • Angela Y. Davis
    Angela Y. Davis
    “Radical simply means grasping things at the root.”
  • George E. Woodberry
    George E. Woodberry
    “The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.”


Grasp the nettle - (UK) If you grasp the nettle, you deal bravely with a problem.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. graspengrapsen, as clasp—M. E. claspen; allied to grope, grapple.


In literature:

He reached forward and grasped Prale by the arm.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
Jack caught the fellow, grasped him by the ears, and flung him back against the wall.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
Grasping a pistol, I walked cautiously into the garden, from whence proceeded cries for help.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
With a radiant, grateful smile, she turned to go, the door opening under her eager grasp.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Ghitza, still fresh and vigorous, grasped another man and called to the musicians to play an even faster dance than before.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
As hairy hands grasped his shoulders, Damis lunged back with all his strength.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
The widow started up with a scream, and Simon grasped the oars as soon as possible.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
In my fear, I arose and grasped his arm.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The babui had the largest tusks Piang had ever seen, and he grasped his bolo firmly to meet the rush.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
He gently pulled her tray from her unsteady grasp.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day

In poetry:

The ice which late had spann'd for miles
This rolling, inland sea,
Had now releas'd its wintry grasp
The long pent waves were free.
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
In vain, with tender pity's clasp,
To her warm breast she holds
The young, whom death's remorseless grasp
In his dark shade infolds.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
I have no vision, I but see
The narrow range of narrow creeds,
And cannot grasp the things that be
Nor know the spirit of their needs.
"Like Mists That Trail" by Alexander Anderson
For us these pleasant woodland ways
Are thronged with memories old,
Have felt the grasp of friendly hands
And heard love's story told.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The nurseling there that hand may take
None ever grasp'd in vain,
And smiles of well-known sweetness wake,
Without their tinge of pain.
"Verses To The Memory Of A Child" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Tom had sense, and truth, and courage,
Often tried where danger rose,
Once our flag his strong arm rescued
From the grasp of rebel foes.
"Black Tom" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Army Batters Navy, but Bid to End Streak Slips From Its Grasp.
Having a piece of history within its grasp hardly is a burden to South Carolina's baseball team.
Darlene and I grasp that storms happen during October and November on the Oregon Coast.
USC receiver Marqise Lee eludes the grasp of Colorado defender Parker Orms as teammate Greg Henderson arrives to help.
Seven new videos provide a professional look at the company and aim to make the unique advantages of the Bend Sensor® easier to grasp.
To say the least, the Lakers are experiencing issues on the defensive end, and everyone is grasping for answers.
Tift County quarterback Ryan Wedgeworth (10), attempts to escape the grasp of Lowndes' Ellis Griffin (91) in a game played earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is grasping for his last, best chance to reboot his campaign after a disastrous September.
The Republicans Still Can't Grasp Why They Lost.
New Orleans Saints' Pete Carmichael has firm grasp of the plan of attack.
Our reading and speaking vocabularies are varied, leading us to not fully grasp what we are reading or what is being said.
In case we didn't quite grasp the vastness of social media's power over us, two new studies help hammer the point home.
Madison & Wall: A Brand's Reach Should Exceed Its Grasp.
Regino Musa, the brother of one of Pardo's victims, said it's difficult to grasp that the execution will finally happen.
The Illegal Eagle and a Baldly Grasping IRS.

In science:

Indeed, in any reasonable course of advanced calculus the following exercise is usually given to students to verify if they grasped the main concepts involved in the implicit function theorem (and the chain rule).
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
The examples given help to grasp the definitions.
SAT Techniques for Lexicographic Path Orders
While we have no strong reasons to doubt the the SM prediction for the structure of the elementary weak quark-quark interaction, we have only a limited grasp of the ways in which this interaction becomes manifest in strongly-interacting systems where nonperturbative QCD affects the weak interaction dynamics.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
This will allow us to get a firm grasp of all the relevant effects.
Large spin-orbit effects in small quantum dots
The Multi-Configuration Dirac–Fock structure code (Grant et al., 1980) and its more recent versions, grasp (Dyall et al., 1989) and grasp92 (Parpia et al., 1996), use the elaborated fully relativistic Hartree–Fock MC variational principle to obtain the ci and four-component φi in the CI expansion defined by Eq. (7).
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics