2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear. Dryden.
Grappling iron, a hooked iron used for grappling and holding fast a vessel or other object. Grappling
tongs, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters.
(Grap"soid) a. [NL. Grapsus + - oid.] (Zoöl.) Pertaining to the genus Grapsus or the family
Grapsidæ. n. A grapsoid crab.
(Grap"to*lite) n. [NL, Graptolithus, from Gr. is engraved, written (gra`fein to write) + stone.]
(Paleon.) One of numerous species of slender and delicate fossils, of the genus Graptolites and allied
genera, found in the Silurian rocks. They belong to an extinct group (Graptolithina) supposed to be hydroids.
(Grap"to*lit`ic) a. Of or pertaining to graptolites; containing graptolites; as, a graptolitic slate.
(Grap"y) a. Composed of, or resembling, grapes.
The grapy clusters.Addison.
(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.
(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,
1. A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms. "The grasps of love."
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.
5. The handle of a sword or of an oar.
(Grasp"a*ble) a. Capable of being grasped.
(Grasp"er) n. One who grasps or seizes; one who catches or holds.
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