the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
the power of gripping: He has a strong grip.
a grasp, hold, or control.
mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on a problem.
competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs: The boss is old and is losing his grip.
a special mode of clasping hands: Members of the club use the secret grip.
something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
a handle or hilt: That knife has a very unusual grip.
a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
Older Use. a small traveling bag.
Theater. a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
Movies, Television. a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
verb (used with object), gripped or gript, gripping.
to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast: We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
to take hold on; hold the interest of: to grip the mind.
to attach by a grip or clutch.
verb (used without object), gripped or gript, gripping.
to take firm hold; hold fast.
to take hold on the mind.
come to grips with,
to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.

before 900; Middle English, Old English gripe grasp (noun); cognate with German Griff, Old English gripa handful; see gripe

gripless, adjective
regrip, verb, regripped or regript, regripping.
ungrip, verb, ungripped, ungripping.

grip, gripe, grippe.

14. impress, attract, rivet, hold, fascinate. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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]

grip2 (ɡrɪp)
med a variant spelling of grippe

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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 grips
The body constricts at the midsection, and the posterior end grips a substrate.
Replacement grips are thicker, and are often used to increase the size of the handle.
Many players, however, prefer to use replacement grips as the final layer.
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