What does grasp mean?

Definitions for grasp
græsp, grɑspgrasp

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appreciation, grasp, holdnoun

    understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

    "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

  2. compass, range, reach, graspnoun

    the limit of capability

    "within the compass of education"

  3. grip, graspnoun

    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"

  4. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, holdverb

    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"

  5. grasp, hold onverb

    hold firmly

  6. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehendverb

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

Wiktionary

  1. graspnoun

    grip

    Etymology: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

  2. graspnoun

    understanding

    Etymology: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

  3. graspnoun

    that which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability

    The goal is within my grasp.

    Etymology: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

  4. graspverb

    To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.

    Etymology: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

  5. graspverb

    To understand.

    Etymology: Originally "to feel around", possibly metathesis of græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *graipison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graspverb

    to seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  2. Graspverb

    to lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  3. Graspverb

    to effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  4. Graspnoun

    a gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  5. Graspnoun

    reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  6. Graspnoun

    forcible possession; hold

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  7. Graspnoun

    wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

  8. Graspnoun

    the handle of a sword or of an oar

    Etymology: [OE. graspen; prob. akin to LG. grupsen, or to E. grope. Cf. Grab, Grope.]

Freebase

  1. GRASP

    GRASP is a well known SAT instance solver. It was developed by João Marques Silva, a Portuguese computer science researcher. It stands for Generic seaRch Algorithm for the Satisfiability Problem.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grasp

    grasp, v.t. to seize and hold by clasping with the fingers or arms: to catch at: to comprehend.—v.i. to endeavour to seize: to catch (with at).—n. gripe of the hand: reach of the arms: power of seizing: mental power of apprehension.—adj. Grasp′able.—n. Grasp′er.—p.adj. Grasp′ing, seizing: avaricious: encroaching.—adv. Grasp′ingly.—n. Grasp′ingness.—adj. Grasp′less, feeble, relaxed. [M. E. graspengrapsen, as clasp—M. E. claspen; allied to grope, grapple.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. grasp

    The handle of a sword, and of an oar. Also, the small of the butt of a musket.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grasp

    The handle of a sword, and of an oar. Also, the small part of the stock of a musket.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grasp' in Verbs Frequency: #803

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasp in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of grasp in a Sentence

  1. Louis Bravo:

    What's hard to grasp is that nothing is the same. ... You, your spouse, kids, house, bills, schools, job, interaction skills, emotions are all tainted and jumbled up in what's left of your brain.

  2. President Xi:

    Local authorities should learn lessons from this meeting ... you should dare to do a real job and actually grasp the problems you have failed to improve for years.

  3. Nikhil Pahwa:

    I would say that they failed to fully grasp the issues that they would face if they didn't even do base level compliances.

  4. Agustin Garcia:

    Tango runs through Cubans' veins because of its rhythm, sometimes when I'm teaching, it's incredible how quickly students grasp the steps.

  5. Raymond Chandler:

    It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.

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Translations for grasp

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  • قبضة, يفهم، يمسك، يقبArabic
  • comprendreCatalan, Valencian
  • uchopení, porozumění, stisknout, sevření, uchopit, pochopitCzech
  • gribe, begribeDanish
  • erfassen, greifen, verstehen, Griff, begreifen, VerständnisGerman
  • ekteniEsperanto
  • asimiento, agarrar, asir, comprensión, comprenderSpanish
  • فهمPersian
  • käsillä, puristaa, tajuta, ote, käsitys, taju, tarttua, käsissä, käsittää, ymmärrysFinnish
  • agripper, saisir, comprendreFrench
  • glacadhScottish Gaelic
  • תפיסה, הבנה, לפיתהHebrew
  • átérez, felfogHungarian
  • կառչելArmenian
  • genggamanIndonesian
  • comprendere, stretta, comprensione, avvinghiarsi, agguantare, afferrare, capire, presa, padronanza, avvinghiareItalian
  • לִתְפּוֹסHebrew
  • 掴むJapanese
  • ಗ್ರಹಿಸಿKannada
  • sumo, teneoLatin
  • mamauMāori
  • begrijpen, begrip, grijpen, vastpakken, snappen, gripDutch
  • begripeNorwegian
  • uchwyt, pojęcie, trzymać, chwytać, rozumienie, zrozumienie, rozumieć, pojmowaćPolish
  • agarrar, compreensão, entender, compreender, alcancePortuguese
  • понимать, понять, хватать, схватывать, схватитьRussian
  • fatta, greppa, begripa, begrepp, förståelse, räckhåll, grepp, gripaSwedish
  • గ్రహించు, ఆకళింపు చేసుకొను, పట్టుకొనుTelugu
  • kavramakTurkish
  • gleipönVolapük
  • 把握Chinese

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    • A. summon
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