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Dictionary Definition

grip

Noun

1 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, grasp, hold]
2 the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip" [syn: handle, handgrip, hold]
3 a portable rectangular traveling bag for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him" [syn: bag, traveling bag, suitcase]
4 the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road) [syn: traction, adhesive friction]
5 worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
6 a firm controlling influence; "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" [syn: grasp]
7 a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place; "in England they call a bobby pin a grip" [syn: bobby pin, hairgrip]

Verb

1 hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
2 to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes" [syn: grapple]
3 to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra" [syn: fascinate, transfix, spellbind] [also: gript, gripping, gripped]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

grippan

Verb

  1. To take hold, particularly with the hand.
    That suitcase is heavy, so grip the handle firmly.
    The glue will begin to grip within five minutes.
    After a few slips, the tires gripped the pavement.
  2. To help or assist, particularly in an emotional sense.
    He grips me.
  3. To do something with another that makes you happy/gives you relief
    ''Let’s grip (get a coffee, hang, take a break, see a movie, etc.)
Translations
to take hold

Etymology 2

An amalgam of etyl ang gripe (cognate with German Griff) and gripa (cognate with Swedish grepp).

Noun

  1. A hold or way of holding, particularly with the hand.
    It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
    The ball will move differently depending on the grip used when throwing it.
  2. A handle or other place to grip.
    There are several good grips on the northern face of this rock.
  3. italbrac film production A person responsible for handling equipment on the set.
  4. A lot of something.
    That is a grip of cheese.
  5. Influenza, flu. (alternative spelling of grippe)
    She has the grip.
  6. A small travelling-bag.
  7. Assistance; help or encouragement.
    He gave me a grip.
  8. A helpful, interesting, admirable, or inspiring person.
    You're a real grip.
Translations
A hold or way of holding, particularly with the hand
A handle or other place to grip

Albanian

Noun

grip

Romansch

Noun

grip

Swedish

Noun

grip

Verb

grip (imperative of gripa)

Extensive Definition

Grip may refer to:

Cinema

Sport

Other uses

grip in German: Grip
grip in French: Grip
grip in Italian: Grip
grip in Dutch: Grip

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