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grope

GROPE, v.i.

1. To feel along; to search or attempt to find in the dark, or as a blind person, by feeling.

We grope for the wall like the blind. Is.59.

The dying believer leaves the weeping children of mortality to grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities of a worldly life.

2. To seek blindly in intellectual darkness, without a certain guide or means of knowledge.

GROPE, v.t. To search by feeling in the dark.

We groped our way at midnight.

But Strephon, cautious, never meant

The bottom of the pan to grope.



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GROPE, v.i.

1. To feel along; to search or attempt to find in the dark, or as a blind person, by feeling.

We grope for the wall like the blind. Is.59.

The dying believer leaves the weeping children of mortality to grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities of a worldly life.

2. To seek blindly in intellectual darkness, without a certain guide or means of knowledge.

GROPE, v.t. To search by feeling in the dark.

We groped our way at midnight.

But Strephon, cautious, never meant

The bottom of the pan to grope.

GROPE, v.i. [Sax. gropian, grapian; G. grabbeln, greifen; D. grypen, grabbelen; Dan. griber, to gripe, to grope; Sw. grubla, Dan. grubler, to search. The sense is to feel or to catch with the hand.]

  1. To feel along; to search or attempt to find in the dark, or as a blind person, by feeling. We grope for the wall like the blind. Is. lix. The dying believer leaves the weeping children of mortality to grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities of a worldly life. Buckminster.
  2. To seek blindly in intellectual darkness, without a certain guide or means of knowledge.

GROPE, v.t.

To search by feeling in the dark. We groped our way at midnight. But Strephon, cautious, never meant / The bottom of the pan to grope. Swift.


Grope
  1. To feel with or use the hands; to handle.

    [Obs.]
  2. To search out by feeling in the dark; as, we groped our way at midnight.
  3. To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see.

    We grope for the wall like the blind. Is. lix. 10.

    To grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities ot a worldly life. Buckminster.

  4. To examine; to test; to sound.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Felix gropeth him, thinking to have a bribe. Genevan Test. (Acts xxiv. ).

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Grope

GROPE, verb intransitive

1. To feel along; to search or attempt to find in the dark, or as a blind person, by feeling.

We grope for the wall like the blind. Isaiah 59:10.

The dying believer leaves the weeping children of mortality to grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities of a worldly life.

2. To seek blindly in intellectual darkness, without a certain guide or means of knowledge.

GROPE, verb transitive To search by feeling in the dark.

We groped our way at midnight.

But Strephon, cautious, never meant

The bottom of the pan to grope

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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catechism

CATECHISM, n.

1. A form of instruction by means of questions and answers, particularly in the principles of religion.

2. An elementary book containing a summary of principles in any science or art, but appropriately in religion, reduced to the form of questions and answers, and sometimes with notes, explanations, and references to authorities.

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