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:

    The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950)

    What persuades men and women to mistake each other from time to time for gods or vermin is ideology. One can understand well enough how human beings may struggle and murder for good material reasons—reasons connected, for instance, with their physical survival. It is much harder to grasp how they may come to do so in the name of something as apparently abstract as ideas. Yet ideas are what men and women live by, and will occasionally die for.
    Terry Eagleton (b. 1943)

    When philosophers use a word—”knowledge,” “being,” “object,” “I,” “proposition,” “name”—and try to grasp the essence of the thing, one must always ask oneself: is the word ever actually used in this way in the language-game which is its original home?—What we do is to bring words back from their metaphysical to their everyday use.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951)