• "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
    "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grip hold fast or firmly "He gripped the steering wheel"
    • v grip to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
    • v grip to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
    • n grip 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"
    • n grip a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him"
    • n grip a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place "in Britain they call a bobby pin a grip"
    • n grip 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"
    • n grip an intellectual hold or understanding "a good grip on French history","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"
    • n grip worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
    • n grip the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bowlers are allowed to have a maximum of five finger grip holes on a regulation bowling ball.
    • Grip A device for grasping or holding fast to something.
    • Grip A gripsack; a hand bag; a satchel or suitcase.
    • Grip A peculiar mode of clasping the hand, by which members of a secret association recognize or greet, one another; as, a masonic grip .
    • n Grip A small ditch or furrow.
    • Grip An energetic or tenacious grasp; a holding fast; strength in grasping.
    • Grip Specif., an apparatus attached to a car for clutching a traction cable.
    • Grip That by which anything is grasped; a handle or gripe; as, the grip of a sword.
    • n Grip (Zoöl) The griffin.
    • Grip (Med) The influenza; grippe.
    • v. t Grip To give a grip to; to grasp; to gripe.
    • v. t Grip To trench; to drain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber's striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
    • grip To grasp firmly with the hand; gripe; hence, to seize and hold fast by force of any kind.
    • grip Nautical, to take hold; hold fast: as, the anchor grips.
    • n grip The act of grasping strongly with the hand or by other means; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp: as, a friendly grip; the grip of a vise.
    • n grip Mode of grasping; specifically, the grasp peculiar to any secret society as a means of recognition: as, the masonic grip.
    • n grip That by which anything is grasped; a handle or hilt: as, the grip of a bow, of a sword or dagger, or of a gun-stock. See barrel, 5 .
    • n grip In mining, a purchase or lifting-dog used to draw up boring-rods, by catching them under the collar at the joints.
    • n grip In theatrical cant, a man employed to move scenery and properties.
    • n grip A gripsack (which see).
    • n grip A hole through which tarred rope is drawn, to press the tar into the yarn and remove the superfluous portion. Also called gage and sliding-nippers.
    • n grip A clutching device attached to a railroad-car for connecting it with a moving traction-cable as a means of propulsion. See cable-railroad.
    • n grip Epidemic influenza: same as grippe.
    • n grip A small ditch or trench; a channel to carry off water or other liquid; a drain.
    • n grip Any kind of sink.
    • grip To trench; drain; cut into ditches or channels.
    • n grip See gripe.
    • n grip In track athletics, apiece of cork, shaped to fit the hollow of the hand, which a runner grips when running.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 4-inch-long abalone can grip a rock with a force of 400 pounds. Two grown men are incapable of prying it up.
    • n Grip grip a small ditch or trench, a drain
    • Grip Also Gripe
    • n Grip grip grasp or firm hold with the hand, &c.: the handle or part by which anything is grasped: a mode of grasping, a particular mode of grasping hands for mutual recognition, as by Freemasons: a clutching device connecting a car with a moving traction-cable: oppression: pinching distress
    • v.t Grip to take fast hold of, to grasp or gripe:—pr.p. grip′ping; pa.p. gripped, gript
    • n Grip fast hold, grasp: forcible retention: a griffin: a usurer:
    • n Grip a gripe
    • n Grip (pl.) severe spasmodic pain in the intestines
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  • Barbara Tuchman
    Barbara Tuchman
    “Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.”
  • Steve Rapson
    Steve Rapson
    “When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”


Come to grips - If you come to grips with a problem or issue, you face up to it and deal with it.
Get a grip - If you get a grip, you control your emotions so that they don't overwhelm you.
Get to grips - If you get to grips with something, you take control and do it properly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Grip a grasp; or P. gripper, to seize; -- of German origin. See Gripe (v. t.)


In literature:

The man gripped it with a sort of fierce eagerness that was good to see and smiled the smile of a man at peace with himself.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
His strength, great as it was availed nothing against that remorseless grip.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Releasing Lorenzo's neck, Daoud gripped Lorenzo's wrist and twisted, hard and fast.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
You also get a pair of patented hand grips for developing powerful grip and forearms.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
He explored the side-pocket of his coat, hoping against fact that he had not changed his bill-fold to his grip.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
She could feel that the grip on her arm was too strong.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Sorez gripped both laps and that grip was the grip of death.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But Tog was yet a puppy, unpracticed in fight; he had missed the grip.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
At once Ashton gripped his rifle still more firmly and drew back the automatic lever.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
As he did so I felt his hand tighten on my shoulder with a desperate grip.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various

In poetry:

The hammer rests, its master's hand
Grips a more potent power,
Whose unheard beats throughout the land
Are throbbing every hour.
"Anvil And Newspaper" by Alexander Anderson
You will wake to hear the twitter
Of the early sparrow's note:
I shall lie beneath the heavens,
With the death-grip at my throat!
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
"My hounds may a' rin masterless,
My hawks may fly frae tree to tree;
My lord may grip my vassal lands,
For there again maun I never be."
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
"He'll no distress ye: as quaiet's a cat
He grips ye, and a'thing's ower;
There's naething mair 'at ye wad be at,
There's never a sweet nor sour!
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
A sweet-voiced bird's been caught.
They squeeze it in a vice-like grip.
The poor thing squeaks and warbles not
But they insist: "O, birdie, sing!"
"On A Bird" by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
The brain, the blood, the busy thews
That quickened in the primal ooze
Support me yet; till ice shall grip
The heart of Earth, no strength they’ll lose.
"“II” from Life’s Testament" by William Baylebridge

In news:

Also introduces FaceMount Perforated Window Grip.
Because of lamprey 's slippery skin, they don textured gloves for grip.
A 19-year-old man responding to an altercation that began on a school bus was killed Wednesday after he tried to latch onto an open window outside the bus, lost his grip and was run over, Milwaukee police said.
Maybe the recession is loosening its grip.
Asher Lev ' explores what it means to be an artist in gripping drama premiering at North Coast Repertory Theatre.
After the last of the lifeboats had been loaded, the Williamses were gripped by "a peculiar feeling, knowing that all means of escape seemed cut off.".
"Goes Like a Flash Grips the Road Like a Limpet .".
This lob requires a neutral grip, preferably the Continental grip.
The Alameda County supervisor appears to be still caught in the grip of addiction and cannot be trusted.
Grover Norquist's grip loosening .
Berman-Waxman grip on California loosening .
Is big pharma's grip on children's mental health care loosening .
Loosening China's grip on rare-earth metals.
In an Indian Village, Signs of the Loosening Grip of Caste.
Recession's Grip May Be Loosening On American Paychecks.

In science:

To have a better grip at what this result means, let us calculate G for one dimension.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links
Besides from providing a comparatively simple existence proof for HMSs and QRWs, this helps getting a more general grip of entropy rate.
On analytic properties of entropy rate
We present a new computational scheme, GRIP (Geometric Random Inner Products), for testing the quality of random number generators.
Geometric Random Inner Products: A New Family of Tests for Random Number Generators
The GRIP formalism utilizes geometric probability techniques to calculate the average scalar products of random vectors generated in geometric objects, such as circles and spheres.
Geometric Random Inner Products: A New Family of Tests for Random Number Generators
We explicitly apply the GRIP tests to several random number generators frequently used in Monte Carlo simulations, and demonstrate a new statistical property for good random number generators.
Geometric Random Inner Products: A New Family of Tests for Random Number Generators