What does GRIP mean?

Definitions for GRIP

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word GRIP.

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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grip(noun)

    the griffin

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  2. Grip(noun)

    a small ditch or furrow

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  3. Grip(verb)

    to trench; to drain

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  4. Grip(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  6. Grip(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  7. Grip(verb)

    a device for grasping or holding fast to something

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]

  8. Grip(verb)

    to give a grip to; to grasp; to gripe

    Etymology: [L. gryps, gryphus. See Griffin, Grype.]


  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'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grip

    grip, n. a small ditch or trench, a drain.—Also Gripe. [M. E. grip, grippe; cf. Low Ger. gruppe.]

  2. Grip

    grip, n. grasp or firm hold with the hand, &c.: the handle or part by which anything is grasped: a mode of grasping, a particular mode of grasping hands for mutual recognition, as by Freemasons: a clutching device connecting a car with a moving traction-cable: oppression: pinching distress.—v.t. to take fast hold of, to grasp or gripe:—pr.p. grip′ping; pa.p. gripped, gript.—v.t. Grīpe, to grasp with the hand: to seize and hold fast: to squeeze: to give pain to the bowels.—n. fast hold, grasp: forcible retention: a griffin: a usurer: (pl.) severe spasmodic pain in the intestines.—n. Grīp′er.—p.adj. Grīp′ing, avaricious: of a pain that catches or seizes acutely.—adv. Grīp′ingly, in a griping or oppressive manner.—ns. Grippe, influenza or epidemic catarrh; Grip′per, one who, or that which, grips.—adj. Grip′ple (Spens.), griping, grasping: greedy.—n. a gripe.—n. Grip′-sack, a hand-satchel.—Lose one's grip, to lose hold or control. [A.S. grípan, grap, gripen; Ice. grípa, Ger. grei′fen, Dut. grijpen; allied to grab.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. grip

    The Anglo-Saxon grep. The handle of a sword; also a small ditch or drain. To hold, as "the anchor grips." Also, a peculiar groove in rifled ordnance.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grip

    The handle of a sword.

Rap Dictionary

  1. grip(noun)

    a lot

  2. grip(noun)

    stuff ("I lost my grip")

  3. grip(noun)

    a gun "They say I walk around like i got a grip in my pants..." -- Young Jeezy

  4. grip(noun)

    a large amount of cash. "The new Jordans cost a grip"

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GRIP' in Nouns Frequency: #1801

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GRIP' in Verbs Frequency: #961

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRIP in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRIP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of GRIP in a Sentence

  1. Estelle Bright:

    London is still in the grip of the flat white craze, but cappuccinos are similarly popular.

  2. Kamal Hamdan:

    This confessional system is not only corrupt. It is built on vested interests by all the sects (whose leaders) keep their grip on their people... The politicians have devoured Lebanon.

  3. European Commission:

    I'm still worried. I'm not satisfied, i'd like everyone to get a grip on themselves.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    It should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement. These people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo so they can keep their grip on power and continue to exploit working people across America, we welcome their hatred.

  5. Kenneth Roth:

    This disappointing action is yet another sign that Beijing is tightening its oppressive grip on Hong Kong and further restricting the limited freedom Hong Kong people enjoy under 'one country, two systems'.

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  • empunyar, agafarCatalan, Valencian
  • rukojeť, stisk, sevření, držadlo, uchopeníCzech
  • Griff, greifen, festhaltenGerman
  • agarrarSpanish
  • گرفتنPersian
  • kahva, oteFinnish
  • poignée, saisir, agripperFrench
  • presaItalian
  • つかむ, 掴むJapanese
  • چنگ, ده‌سکKurdish
  • sagrābt, tvēriens, satvertLatvian
  • kākati, kākatitangaMāori
  • стиска, рачка, фаќа, стисок, фат, зграпчува, зафатMacedonian
  • greep, begrip, handvat, grijpen, gripDutch
  • segurar, agarrarPortuguese
  • стиснуть, схватывание, сжать, хватка, схватить, ручка, держание, сжимать, рукоятка, хватать, удерживание, зажатие, стискивать, сжатие, захватRussian
  • grepp, gripa, handslagSwedish
  • ด้ามจับThai
  • nắm, nắm chặt, giữ chặtVietnamese
  • Chinese

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. witless
    • B. profound
    • C. squashy
    • D. tight

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