[grip-ing] /ˈgrɪp ɪŋ/
holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling:
a gripping play; a gripping book.
the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
the power of gripping:
He has a strong grip.
a grasp, hold, or control.
mental or intellectual hold:
to have a good grip on a problem.
competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one’s work or personal affairs:
The boss is old and is losing his grip.
a special mode of clasping hands:
Members of the club use the secret grip.
something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
a handle or hilt:
That knife has a very unusual grip.
a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
Older Use. a small traveling bag.
verb (used with object), gripped or gript, gripping.
to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast:
We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
to take hold on; hold the interest of:
to grip the mind.
to attach by a grip or clutch.
verb (used without object), gripped or gript, gripping.
to take firm hold; hold fast.
to take hold on the mind.
come to grips with,
the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmly: he lost his grip on the slope
Also called handgrip. the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshake: a feeble grip
the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as get or have a grip on)
Also called handgrip. a part by which an object is grasped; handle
Also called handgrip. a travelling bag or holdall
any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
a spasm of pain: a grip in one’s stomach
a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
(often foll by with) get to grips, come to grips
verb grips, gripping, gripped
to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
to hold the interest or attention of: to grip an audience
(med) a variant spelling of grippe
“grasping the emotions,” 1896, figurative use of present participle adjective from grip (v.).
Old English grippan “to grip, seize, obtain” (class I strong verb; past tense grap, past participle gripen), from West Germanic *gripjan (cf. Old High German gripfen “to rob,” Old English gripan “to seize;” see gripe). Related: Gripped; gripping. French gripper “to seize,” griffe “claw” are Germanic loan-words.
fusion of Old English gripe “grasp, clutch” and gripa “handful, sheaf” (see grip (v.)). Meaning “stage hand” is from 1888, from their work shifting scenery.
[second sense a shortening of gripsack]
[grip-uh l] /ˈgrɪp əl/ adjective, British Dialect. 1. miserly; avaricious.
[grip-ee] /ˈgrɪp i/ adjective, grippier, grippiest. 1. afflicted with the . [grip-ee] /ˈgrɪp i/ adjective, grippier, grippiest. Chiefly Scot. 1. stingy; avaricious. /ˈgrɪpɪ/ adjective 1. (of a material) having adhesive qualities
[grip-sak] /ˈgrɪpˌsæk/ noun, Older Use. 1. a traveling bag; .
[gript] /grɪpt/ verb 1. a past participle and simple past tense of . [grip] /grɪp/ noun 1. the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp. 2. the power of gripping: He has a strong grip. 3. a grasp, hold, or control. 4. mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on […]