Definition of Grasping

1. Noun. Understanding with difficulty. "The lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Derivative terms: Grasp



2. Adjective. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth. "Prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"

3. Noun. The act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles).
Exact synonyms: Prehension, Seizing, Taking Hold
Generic synonyms: Control
Specialized synonyms: Clasp, Clench, Clutch, Clutches, Grasp, Grip, Hold
Derivative terms: Grasp, Prehend, Seize

Definition of Grasping

1. a. Seizing; embracing; catching.

Definition of Grasping

1. Adjective. Eager for money; greedy. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of grasp) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grasping

1. grasp [v] - See also: grasp

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grasping

grapsoid
grapsoids
graptolite
graptolites
graptolitic
grapy
grasp
grasp all, lose all
grasp at straws
grasp reflex
grasp the nettle
graspable
grasped
grasper
graspers
grasping (current term)
grasping reflex
graspingly
graspingness
graspingnesses
graspless
grasps
graspt

Literary usage of Grasping

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1. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... being mow on n level with each other, and each grasping to become first, had recourse to devoting [not only their speeches, but] even their ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"When puns are made and bumpers quaffed, And wild Wit shoots his roving shaft, And Mirth his jovial laugh has laughed, Tugging hard and closely grasping, ..."

3. Early Western Travels, 1748-1846: A Series of Annotated Reprints of Some of by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1904)
"... CHAPTER I Introductory remarks—John Jacob Astor—grasping views—Early traders of Canada—The Hudson's Bay Company—American fur companies—Astor's policy— ..."

4. A History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent by George Bancroft (1853)
"grasping AT THE COLONIES OF FRANCE AND SPAIN, RISKS THE LOSS OF HER OWN.—BUTE'S MINISTRY. 1762—1763. WHILE it was yet uncertain who among British CHAP ..."

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