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GR`ASP, v.t. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms. We say, to grasp with the hand, or with the arms.

1. To catch; to seize; to lay hold of; to take possession of. Kings often grasp more than they can hold.

GR`ASP, v.i. To catch or seize; to gripe.

1. To struggle; to strive. [Not in use.]

2. To encroach.

To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize.

Alexander grasped at universal empire.

GR`ASP, n. The gripe or seizure of the hand. This seems to be its proper sense; but it denotes also a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.

1. Possession; hold.

2. Reach of the arms; and figuratively, the power of seizing. Bonaparte seemed to think he had the Russian empire within his grasp.



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GR`ASP, v.t. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms. We say, to grasp with the hand, or with the arms.

1. To catch; to seize; to lay hold of; to take possession of. Kings often grasp more than they can hold.

GR`ASP, v.i. To catch or seize; to gripe.

1. To struggle; to strive. [Not in use.]

2. To encroach.

To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize.

Alexander grasped at universal empire.

GR`ASP, n. The gripe or seizure of the hand. This seems to be its proper sense; but it denotes also a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.

1. Possession; hold.

2. Reach of the arms; and figuratively, the power of seizing. Bonaparte seemed to think he had the Russian empire within his grasp.

GRASP, n.

  1. The gripe or seizure of the hand. This seems to be its proper sense; but it denotes also a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
  2. Possession; hold.
  3. Reach of the arms; and figuratively, the power of seizing. Bonaparte seemed to think he had the Russian empire within his grasp.

GRASP, v.i.

  1. To catch or seize; to gripe. Dryden.
  2. To struggle; to strive. [Not in use.]
  3. To encroach. Dryden. To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize. Alexander grasped at universal empire.

GRASP, v.t. [It. graspare.]

  1. To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms. We say, to grasp with the hand, or with the arms.
  2. To catch; to seize; to lay hold of; to take possession of. Kings often grasp more than they can hold.

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

    Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff. Shak.

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

    As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued. Shak.

    To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire,

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

    "The grasps of love." Shak.
  4. To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.
  5. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.
  6. Forcible possession; hold.

    The whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp. Shak.

  7. Wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.

    The foremost minds of the next . . . era were not, in power of grasp, equal to their predecessors. Z. Taylor.

  8. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
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Grasp

GR'ASP, verb transitive To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms. We say, to grasp with the hand, or with the arms.

1. To catch; to seize; to lay hold of; to take possession of. Kings often grasp more than they can hold.

GR'ASP, verb intransitive To catch or seize; to gripe.

1. To struggle; to strive. [Not in use.]

2. To encroach.

To grasp at, to catch at; to try to seize.

Alexander grasped at universal empire.

GR'ASP, noun The gripe or seizure of the hand. This seems to be its proper sense; but it denotes also a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.

1. Possession; hold.

2. Reach of the arms; and figuratively, the power of seizing. Bonaparte seemed to think he had the Russian empire within his grasp

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