Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of grasping
    he has a strong grip for an old man
    she kept a firm hold on the railing
  2. (noun, artifact) a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
  3. (noun, artifact) a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
  4. (noun, artifact) the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip
  5. (noun, attribute) an intellectual hold or understanding
    they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities
    he was in the grip of a powerful emotion
    a terrible power had her in its grasp
  6. (noun, person) worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
  7. (noun, phenomenon) the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
  8. (verb, contact) hold fast or firmly
  9. (verb, contact) to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
  10. (verb, emotion) to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Grip

  1. O.E. grippan "to grip" (class I strong verb; past tense grap, pp. gripen), from W.Gmc. *gripjan (cf. O.H.G. gripfen), from root of gripe (q.v.). The noun developed from fusion of O.E. gripe "grasp, clutch" and gripa "handful, sheaf." Meaning "stage hand" is from 1888, from their work shifting scenery. Gripping in fig. sens… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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