Definitions for GRIPgrɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gripgrɪp(n.; v.)gripped, grip•ping.

  1. (n.)the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.

  2. the power of gripping:

    to have a strong grip.

  3. a grasp, hold, or control:

    in the grip of fear; Get a grip on yourself.

  4. mental or intellectual hold:

    to have a good grip on a problem.

  5. competence or firmness in dealing with things:

    to lose one's grip.

  6. a special mode of clasping hands.

  7. something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.

    Category: Machinery

  8. a handle or hilt.

  9. a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.

  10. Category: Pathology

    Ref: grippe .

  11. Older Use. a small traveling bag.

    Category: Status (usage)

  12. a stagehand. a general assistant on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.

    Category: Showbiz

  13. (v.t.)to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast.

  14. to take hold on; hold the interest of:

    to grip the mind.

  15. to attach by a grip or clutch.

  16. (v.i.)to take firm hold; hold fast.

  17. to take hold on the mind.

Idioms for grip:

  1. come to grips with,to face and cope with.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of grip:

bef. 900; OE gripe grasp (n.); c. MHG grif, ON grip; cf. gripe


Princeton's WordNet

  1. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold(noun)

    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"

  2. handle, grip, handgrip, hold(noun)

    the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

    "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

  3. bag, traveling bag, travelling bag, grip, suitcase(noun)

    a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes

    "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him"

  4. grip, traction, adhesive friction(noun)

    the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

  5. grip(noun)

    worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made

  6. grip, grasp(noun)

    an intellectual hold or understanding

    "a good grip on French history"; "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"

  7. bobby pin, hairgrip, grip(verb)

    a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place

    "in Britain they call a bobby pin a grip"

  8. grip(verb)

    hold fast or firmly

    "He gripped the steering wheel"

  9. grapple, grip(verb)

    to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

    "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"

  10. fascinate, transfix, grip, spellbind(verb)

    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

    "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grip(noun)ɪp

    when sb holds sth tightly

    a firm grip; She loosened her grip and the dog ran off.

  2. gripɪp

    the control sb has over sb or sth

    Keep a firm grip on your finances.

  3. grip(verb)ɪp

    to hold tightly

    The girl gripped her father around the neck.

  4. gripɪp

    to affect strongly

    The country was gripped by a flu epidemic.

  5. gripɪp

    to keep sb's attention

    a novel that gripped me from the beginning

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grip(noun)

    the griffin

  2. Grip(noun)

    a small ditch or furrow

  3. Grip(verb)

    to trench; to drain

  4. Grip(verb)

    an energetic or tenacious grasp; a holding fast; strength in grasping

  5. Grip(verb)

    a peculiar mode of clasping the hand, by which members of a secret association recognize or greet, one another; as, a masonic grip

  6. Grip(verb)

    that by which anything is grasped; a handle or gripe; as, the grip of a sword

  7. Grip(verb)

    a device for grasping or holding fast to something

  8. Grip(verb)

    to give a grip to; to grasp; to gripe


  1. Grip

    In the U.S. and Canada, grips are lighting and rigging technicians in the filmmaking and video production industries. They constitute their own department on a film set and are directed by a key grip. Grips have two main functions. The first is to work closely with the camera department to provide camera support, especially if the camera is mounted to a dolly, crane, or in an unusual position, such as the top of a ladder. Some grips may specialize in operating camera dollies or camera cranes. The second main function of grips is to work closely with the electrical department to create lighting set-ups necessary for a shot under the direction of the Director of Photography. In the UK, Australia and most parts of Europe, grips are not involved in lighting. In the "British System", adopted throughout Europe and the British Commonwealth, a grip is solely responsible for camera mounting and support. The term 'grip' dates back to the early era of the circus. From there it was used in vaudeville and then in today's film sound stages and sets. Some have suggested the name comes from the 1930s-40s slang term for a tool bag or "grip" that these technicians use to carry their tools to work. Another popular theory states that in the days of hand-cranked cameras, it would be necessary for a few burly men to hang on to the tripod legs to stop excessive movement of the camera. These men became known as the 'good grips'- as they were constantly being instructed to 'keep a good grip on the tripod'.

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Translations for GRIP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a firm hold

He had a firm grip on his stick; He has a very strong grip; in the grip of the storm.

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