What is grasp?

  • (noun): A firm controlling influence.
    Example: "A terrible power had her in its grasp"
    Synonyms: grip
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "grasp":

  • (noun): Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something.
    Example: "He has a good grasp of accounting practices"
    Synonyms: appreciation, hold
  • (verb): Hold firmly.
    Synonyms: hold on

Famous quotes containing the word grasp:

    We have today and I could call their name
    Who know exactly what is out of joint
    To make their verse and their excuses lame.
    They’ve tried to grasp with too much social fact
    Too large a situation.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    I don’t have any problem with a reporter or a news person who says the President is uninformed on this issue or that issue. I don’t think any of us would challenge that. I do have a problem with the singular focus on this, as if that’s the only standard by which we ought to judge a president. What we learned in the last administration was how little having an encyclopedic grasp of all the facts has to do with governing.
    David R. Gergen (b. 1942)

    It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.
    Raymond Chandler (1888–1959)