[gras-ping, grahs-] /ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-/
a sly, grasping man.
being used to or tending to ; tenacious.
[grasp, grahsp] /græsp, grɑsp/
verb (used with object)
to seize and hold by or as if by clasping with the fingers or arms.
to seize upon; hold firmly.
to get hold of mentally; comprehend; understand:
I don’t grasp your meaning.
verb (used without object)
to make an attempt to seize, or a motion of seizing, something (usually followed by at or for):
a drowning man grasping at straws; to grasp for an enemy’s rifle.
the act of or gripping, as with the hands or arms:
to make a grasp at something.
a hold or grip:
to have a firm grasp of a rope.
one’s arms or hands, in embracing or gripping:
He took her in his grasp.
one’s power of seizing and holding; reach:
to have a thing within one’s grasp.
hold, possession, or mastery:
to wrest power from the grasp of a usurper.
mental hold or capacity; power to understand.
broad or thorough comprehension:
a good grasp of computer programming.
greedy; avaricious; rapacious
to grip (something) firmly with or as if with the hands
when intr, often foll by at. to struggle, snatch, or grope (for)
(transitive) to understand, esp with effort
the act of grasping
a grip or clasp, as of a hand
the capacity to accomplish (esp in the phrase within one’s grasp)
total rule or possession
“greedy, acquisitive,” late 14c., present participle adjective from grasp (v.).
mid-14c., “to reach for, feel around,” possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan “to touch, feel,” from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen “to grasp,” Middle Dutch grapen “to seize, grasp,” Old English grapian “to touch, feel, grope”), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of “seize” first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grasp
- Grasp reflex
grasp reflex or grasp·ing reflex (grās’pĭng) n. An involuntary bending of the fingers in response to tactile or tendon stimulation on the palm, producing an uncontrollable grasp, and associated with frontal lobe brain lesions.
- Grass box
noun 1. a container attached to a lawn mower that receives grass after it has been cut
noun 1. a large carp of the genus Ctenopharyngodon, of southern Chinese inland waters, that grazes on water weeds.
noun 1. . [roh-pal-id, roh-puh-lid] /roʊˈpæl ɪd, ˈroʊ pə lɪd/ noun 1. any of various hemipterous insects of the family Rhopalidae that feed chiefly on grasses and occasionally on certain trees, as the box elder.