What does grasping mean?

Definitions for grasping
ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-grasp·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graspingnoun

    understanding with difficulty

    "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

  2. grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehensionadjective

    the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

  3. avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensileadjective

    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

    "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"


  1. graspingadjective

    Eager for money; greedy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graspingadjective

    seizing; embracing; catching

  2. Graspingadjective

    avaricious; greedy of gain; covetous; close; miserly; as, he is a grasping man

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasping in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grasping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grasping in a Sentence

  1. Dominik Siegrist:

    Lots of smaller ones are grasping at straws, trying to survive as long as they can because the valleys depend on this tourism.

  2. Gautama Buddha:

    Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.

  3. Miguel Rodriguez:

    We're all grasping at straws as to what to do with the earthquake families, obviously, it isn't as large of a movement as after Hurricane Maria. ... But these are hundreds of households who are homeless, who are suffering from PTSD, who have been hit by two traumas -- Hurricane Hurricane Maria and now the earthquakes.

  4. Michael Raymond-James:

    To come and be able to sit here — it's incredible, i'm sitting where Paul Revere used to come with his fellow Patriots to devise their plan of attack. You can't recreate this feeling — it's like grasping at smoke.

  5. Vanna Bonta:

    It is interesting to note that poetry, a literary device whose very construct involves the use of words, is itself the word of choice by persons grasping to describe something so beautiful it is marvelously ineffable.

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    worthy of reliance or trust
    • A. dependable
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