Grasp

Definition of Grasp

v. t.1.To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.
[imp. & p. p. Grasper ; p. pr. & vb. n. Qraspine.]
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.
v. i.1.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,
n.1.A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.
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.

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