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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grasp  \Grasp\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Grasper};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Qraspine}.]  [OE.  graspen;  prob.  akin  to  LG  grupsen  or  to 
  E.  grope.  Cf  {Grab},  {Grope}.] 
  1.  To  seize  and  hold  by  clasping  or  embracing  with  the 
  fingers  or  arms;  to  catch  to  take  possession  of 
 
  Thy  hand  is  made  to  grasp  a  palmer's  staff.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  lay  hold  of  with  the  mind;  to  become  thoroughly 
  acquainted  or  conversant  with  to  comprehend. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grasp  \Grasp\,  v.  i. 
  To  effect  a  grasp;  to  make  the  motion  of  grasping;  to  clutch; 
  to  struggle;  to  strive. 
 
  As  one  that  grasped  And  tugged  for  life  and  was  by 
  strength  subdued.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  grasp  at},  to  catch  at  to  try  to  seize;  as  Alexander 
  grasped  at  universal  empire, 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grasp  \Grasp\,  n. 
  1.  A  gripe  or  seizure  of  the  hand;  a  seizure  by  embrace,  or 
  infolding  in  the  arms.  ``The  grasps  of  love.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Reach  of  the  arms;  hence  the  power  of  seizing  and 
  holding;  as  it  was  beyond  his  grasp. 
 
  3.  Forcible  possession;  hold 
 
  The  whole  space  that's  in  the  tyrant's  grasp. 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Wide-reaching  power  of  intellect  to  comprehend  subjects 
  and  hold  them  under  survey. 
 
  The  foremost  minds  of  the  next  .  .  .  era  were  not 
  in  power  of  grasp,  equal  to  their  predecessors.  --Z. 
  Taylor. 
 
  5.  The  handle  of  a  sword  or  of  an  oar. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grasp 
  n  1:  understanding  of  the  nature  or  meaning  or  quality  or 
  magnitude  of  something  "he  has  a  good  grasp  of 
  accounting  practices"  [syn:  {appreciation},  {hold}] 
  2:  the  limit  of  capability;  "within  the  compass  of  education" 
  [syn:  {compass},  {range},  {reach}] 
  3:  a  firm  controlling  influence;  "he  was  in  the  grip  of  a 
  powerful  emotion"  or  "a  terrible  power  had  her  its  grasp" 
  [syn:  {grip}] 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {clasp},  {clench},  {clutch},  {clutches}, 
  {grip},  {hold}] 
  v  1:  hold  firmly  [syn:  {grip},  {hold  on}] 
  2:  get  the  meaning  of  something  "Do  you  comprehend  the  meaning 
  of  this  letter?"  [syn:  {get  the  picture},  {comprehend},  {savvy}, 
  {dig},  {compass},  {apprehend}] 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  GRASP 
  Graphic  Animation  System  for  Professionals 
 
 




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