Grasp v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grasper p. pr. & vb. n. Qraspine.]
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 lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.
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,
1. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms. “The grasps of love.”
2. Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.
3. Forcible possession; hold.
The whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp. --Shak.
4. 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.
5. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
n 1: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or
magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of
accounting practices" [syn: appreciation, hold]
2: the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
[syn: compass, range, reach]
3: a firm controlling influence; "they kept a firm grip on the
two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful
emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp" [syn: grip]
4: the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he
has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold
on the railing" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches,
v 1: hold firmly [syn: hold on]
2: get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning
of this letter?" [syn: get the picture, comprehend, savvy,
dig, compass, apprehend]