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gripe

GRIPE, v.t. [L.rapio.]

1. To seize; to grasp; to catch with the hand, and to clasp closely with the fingers.

2. To hold fast; to hold with the fingers closely pressed.

3. To seize and hold fast in the arms; to embrace closely.

4. To close the fingers; to clutch.

5. To pinch; to press; to compress.

6. To give pain to the bowels, as if by pressure or contraction.

7. To pinch; to straiten; to distress; as griping poverty.

GRIPE, v.i. To seize or catch by pinching; to get money by hard bargains or mean exactions; as a griping miser.

1. To feel the colic.

2. To lie too close to the wind, as a ship.

GRIPE, n. Grasp; seizure; fast hold with the hand or paw, or with the arms.

1. Squeeze; pressure.

2. Oppression; cruel exactions.

3. Affliction; pinching distress; as the gripe of poverty.

4. In seamen's language, the fore-foot or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore-end.

5. Gripes, in the plural, distress of the bowels; colic.

6. Gripes, in seamen's language, an assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes and hooks, fastened to ring-bolts in the deck to secure the boats.



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GRIPE, v.t. [L.rapio.]

1. To seize; to grasp; to catch with the hand, and to clasp closely with the fingers.

2. To hold fast; to hold with the fingers closely pressed.

3. To seize and hold fast in the arms; to embrace closely.

4. To close the fingers; to clutch.

5. To pinch; to press; to compress.

6. To give pain to the bowels, as if by pressure or contraction.

7. To pinch; to straiten; to distress; as griping poverty.

GRIPE, v.i. To seize or catch by pinching; to get money by hard bargains or mean exactions; as a griping miser.

1. To feel the colic.

2. To lie too close to the wind, as a ship.

GRIPE, n. Grasp; seizure; fast hold with the hand or paw, or with the arms.

1. Squeeze; pressure.

2. Oppression; cruel exactions.

3. Affliction; pinching distress; as the gripe of poverty.

4. In seamen's language, the fore-foot or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore-end.

5. Gripes, in the plural, distress of the bowels; colic.

6. Gripes, in seamen's language, an assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes and hooks, fastened to ring-bolts in the deck to secure the boats.

GRIPE, n.

  1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold with the hand or paw, or with the arms. Shak. Dryden.
  2. Squeeze; pressure. Dryden.
  3. Oppression; cruel exactions. Shak.
  4. Affliction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  5. In seamen's language, the fore-foot or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore-end. Mar. Dict.
  6. Gripes, in the plural, pain in the intestines of the character of that which accompanies a lax. This sort of pain in the intestines is technically called tormina.
  7. Gripes, in seamen's language, an assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes and hooks, fastened to ring-bolts in the deck secure the boats. Mar. Dict.

GRIPE, v.i.

  1. To seize or catch by pinching; to get money by hard bargains or mean exactions; as, a griping miser.
  2. To feel the colic. Locke.
  3. To lie too close to the wind, as a ship.

GRIPE, v.t. [Sax. gripan; Goth. greipan; D. grypen; G. greifen; Sw. gripa; Dan. griber; Fr. gripper; Arm. scraba, scrapein; W. grab, a cluster, a grape; grabin, a clasping; grabiniaw, to grapple, to scramble. Qu. Sans. grepipan. These words may be allied in origin to L. rapio.]

  1. To seize; to grasp; to catch with the hand, and to clasp closely with the fingers.
  2. To hold fast; to hold with the fingers closely pressed.
  3. To seize and hold fast in the arms; to embrace closely.
  4. To close the fingers; to clutch. Pope.
  5. To pinch; to press; to compress.
  6. To give pain to the bowels, as if by pressure or contraction.
  7. To pinch; to straiten; to distress; as, griping poverty.

Gripe
  1. A vulture; the griffin.

    [Obs.]

    Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws. Shak.

    Gripe's egg, an alchemist's vessel. [Obs.] E. Jonson.

  2. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
  3. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
  4. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.

    A barren scepter in my gripe. Shak.

  5. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.

    Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ? Robynson (More's Utopia).

  6. To suffer griping pains.

    Jocke.
  7. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
  8. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances.

    How inly sorrow gripes his soul. Shak.

  9. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.

    R. H. Dana, Jr.
  10. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  11. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  12. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.
  13. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.

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Gripe

GRIPE, verb transitive [Latin rapio.]

1. To seize; to grasp; to catch with the hand, and to clasp closely with the fingers.

2. To hold fast; to hold with the fingers closely pressed.

3. To seize and hold fast in the arms; to embrace closely.

4. To close the fingers; to clutch.

5. To pinch; to press; to compress.

6. To give pain to the bowels, as if by pressure or contraction.

7. To pinch; to straiten; to distress; as griping poverty.

GRIPE, verb intransitive To seize or catch by pinching; to get money by hard bargains or mean exactions; as a griping miser.

1. To feel the colic.

2. To lie too close to the wind, as a ship.

GRIPE, noun Grasp; seizure; fast hold with the hand or paw, or with the arms.

1. Squeeze; pressure.

2. Oppression; cruel exactions.

3. Affliction; pinching distress; as the gripe of poverty.

4. In seamen's language, the fore-foot or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore-end.

5. Gripes, in the plural, distress of the bowels; colic.

6. Gripes, in seamen's language, an assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes and hooks, fastened to ring-bolts in the deck to secure the boats.

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