- a past participle and simple past tense of grip.
- 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.
- Theater.a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
- Movies, Television.a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
- 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.
- to take firm hold; hold fast.
- to take hold on the mind.
- come to grips with,
- to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
- to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.
Origin of grip
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Examples from the Web for gript
- the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmlyhe lost his grip on the slope
- Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshakea 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
- See hairgrip
- 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 paina 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
- get to grips or come to grips (often foll by with)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
- to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
- to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience
- med a variant spelling of grippe
Word Origin and History for gript
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.