Definition of Grasp

1. Noun. Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something. "He has a good grasp of accounting practices"

Exact synonyms: Appreciation, Hold
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Specialized synonyms: Sense

2. Verb. Hold firmly.
Exact synonyms: Hold On
Specialized synonyms: Latch On, Cling, Hang, Clasp
Generic synonyms: Hold, Take Hold
Derivative terms: Grasping

3. Noun. The limit of capability. "Within the compass of education"
Exact synonyms: Compass, Range, Reach
Generic synonyms: Capability, Capableness, Potentiality
Specialized synonyms: Ken, Sight
Derivative terms: Compass, Range

4. Verb. Get the meaning of something. "Sam and Sue grasp the movie "; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

5. Noun. An intellectual hold or understanding. "A terrible power had her in its grasp"
Exact synonyms: Grip
Generic synonyms: Influence
Specialized synonyms: Tentacle
Derivative terms: Grip

6. Noun. The act of grasping. "She kept a firm hold on the railing"
Exact synonyms: Clasp, Clench, Clutch, Clutches, Grip, Hold
Specialized synonyms: Choke Hold, Chokehold, Embrace, Embracement, Embracing, Wrestling Hold
Generic synonyms: Grasping, Prehension, Seizing, Taking Hold
Derivative terms: Clasp, Clasp, Clench, Clutch, Clutch, Grip, Grip, Hold

Definition of Grasp

1. v. t. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.

2. v. i. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.

3. n. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.

Definition of Grasp

1. Acronym. (software object-oriented design) (acronym of General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns (or Principles)) ¹

2. Verb. To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand. ¹

3. Verb. To understand. ¹

4. Noun. grip ¹

5. Noun. understanding ¹

6. Noun. that which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability ¹

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Definition of Grasp

1. to seize firmly with the hand [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Grasp

1. The act of taking securely and holding firmly. Palm grasp, holding an object by wrapping the palm and the fingers around it. Pen grasp, a method, similar to that of holding a pen in writing, of grasping an instrument. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grasp

grappling hook
grappling iron
grappling irons
grasp (current term)
grasp all, lose all
grasp at straws
grasp reflex
grasp the nettle
grasping reflex

Literary usage of Grasp

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1. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1914)
"Hip grasp stride kneeling backw. leaning of trunk (the movement takes place at the ... Neck grasp lying alt. knee upw. bending and stretching obliquely upw. ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1895)
"venient holder that should take from nothing up to a diameter of an inch and a half and yet allow a grasp which corresponds to the weight of the object held ..."

3. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori (1912)
"A mental grasp of the idea, is indispensable to the beginning of repetition. The exercise which develops life, consists in the repetition, not in the mere ..."

4. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"in his grasp, and independent in arriving at his conclusions. . . . His strongest intellectual bent was in the line of metaphysical enquiry; when dealing ..."

5. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"The hand- In many countries of western Europe, and in other parts of the world also, we find the mutual, grasp of hands (palmata, ..."

6. Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism by Ralph Barton Perry (1912)
"To grasp these we must abandon concepts altogether, and turn to the ... 2 In his opinion intellect not only divides and separates reality, grasp Reality, ..."

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