More definitions of "grasp":
- (noun): A firm controlling influence.
Example: "A terrible power had her in its grasp"
- (verb): Get the meaning of something.
Synonyms: get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, compass, apprehend
- (verb): Hold firmly.
Synonyms: hold on
Famous quotes containing the word grasp:
“When philosophers use a wordknowledge, being, object, I, proposition, nameand 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 (18891951)
“O father! O father! now, now, keep your hold,
The Erl-King has seized mehis grasp is so cold!
Sore trembled the father; he spurrd thro the wild,
Clasping close to his bosom his shuddering child;
He reaches his dwelling in doubt and in dread,
But, claspd to his bosom, the infant was dead.”
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (17991832)
“We have no participation in Being, because all human nature is ever midway between being born and dying, giving off only a vague image and shadow of itself, and a weak and uncertain opinion. And if you chance to fix your thoughts on trying to grasp its essence, it would be neither more nor less than if your tried to clutch water.”
—Michel de Montaigne (15331592)