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Grasp (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grasper (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Qraspine.] [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]


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.


To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.


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Grasp, v. i.

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,


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Grasp, n.


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

"The grasps of love."



Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.


Forcible possession; hold.

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


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.


The handle of a sword or of an oar.


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