Gripe

Definition of Gripe

n.1.(Zool.) A vulture; the griffin.
Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws.
- Shak.
Gripe's egg
an alchemist's vessel.
- E. Jonson.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Griped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Griping.]
1.To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
2.To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?
- Robynson (More's Utopia).
3.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.
v. i.1.To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
2.To suffer griping pains.
2.to complain
3.(Naut.) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
n.1.Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
A barren scepter in my gripe.
- Shak.
2.That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
3.(Mech.) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
4.Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
5.Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; - chiefly used in the plural.
6.(Naut.) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
Gripe penny
miser; a niggard<- ; a pinchpenny? ->.
- D. L. Mackenzie.

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