Origin of grasping
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- to seize and hold by or as if by clasping with the fingers or arms.
- to seize upon; hold firmly.
- to get hold of mentally; comprehend; understand: I don't grasp your meaning.
- to make an attempt to seize, or a motion of seizing, something (usually followed by at or for): a drowning man grasping at straws; to grasp for an enemy's rifle.
- the act of grasping or gripping, as with the hands or arms: to make a grasp at something.
- a hold or grip: to have a firm grasp of a rope.
- one's arms or hands, in embracing or gripping: He took her in his grasp.
- one's power of seizing and holding; reach: to have a thing within one's grasp.
- hold, possession, or mastery: to wrest power from the grasp of a usurper.
- mental hold or capacity; power to understand.
- broad or thorough comprehension: a good grasp of computer programming.
Origin of grasp
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Examples from the Web for grasping
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.
After a first go through, they appear to be grasping for what to do next.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
And that is the key to grasping how we Americans can and cannot take him seriously as a would-be political messiah.Russell Brand: Not Quite a Messiah
October 28, 2013
Grasping ambition, we suddenly wondered, might not be the province of plaintiffs alone.Supersize Me, Your Honor: Liebeck v. McDonald’s and Our Era of Ambition
October 21, 2013
All have failed at grasping its themes, ironies, and allusions.The Great Gatsby, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Relentless Assault on the Senses
May 8, 2013
At first he was angry, as he accused her of being mean-spirited and grasping.The Dream
Grasping his rifle his looks were again bent on the Indian near him.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
He flung out a hand with the plausible design of grasping Kirkwood by the collar.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
They prevented them from growing hard, grasping, and discontented with their lot.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Grasping the situation I replied that I did not like my barber.City of Endless Night
- greedy; avaricious; rapacious
- to grip (something) firmly with or as if with the hands
- (when intr, often foll by at) to struggle, snatch, or grope (for)
- (tr) to understand, esp with effort
- the act of grasping
- a grip or clasp, as of a hand
- the capacity to accomplish (esp in the phrase within one's grasp)
- total rule or possession
- understanding; comprehension
Word Origin and History for grasping
"greedy, acquisitive," late 14c., present participle adjective from grasp (v.).
mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.
Idioms and Phrases with grasping
In addition to the idiom beginning with grasp
- grasp at straws
- get a fix on (grasp of)