holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling: a gripping play; a gripping book.

1620–30; grip + -ing2

grippingly, adverb
grippingness, noun Unabridged
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grip1 (ɡrɪp)
1.  the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmly: he lost his grip on the slope
2.  Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshake: a feeble grip
3.  the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
4.  understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as getorhave a grip on)
5.  Also called: handgrip a part by which an object is grasped; handle
6.  Also called: handgrip a travelling bag or holdall
7.  See hairgrip
8.  any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
9.  a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
10.  a spasm of pain: a grip in one's stomach
11.  a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
12.  a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
13.  (often foll by with) get to grips, come to grips
 a.  to deal with (a problem or subject)
 b.  to tackle (an assailant)
vb , grips, gripping, gripped
14.  to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
15.  to hold the interest or attention of: to grip an audience
[Old English gripe grasp; related to Old Norse gripr property, Old High German grif]

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Word Origin & History

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. sense of "grasping the emotions" is from 1896.
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Example sentences for grippingly
A grippingly executed chess game derived from the seventh seal.
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