grasping grasping  /ˈɡræ spɪŋ/


  1. (n) understanding with difficulty
  2. (n) the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
  3. (adj) immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth


  1. But there is comfort in better grasping what has gone wrong, and enlightenment for those around you when they grasp it too.
  2. Artificial hands are often hooklike, limited to simple open and close gestures, but the iLimb has more subtle capabilities, like a credit-card grip for grasping narrow objects.
  3. Just conjure up his portrait: a skinny, bent figure, nut brown and naked except for a white loincloth, cheap spectacles perched on his nose, frail hand grasping a tall bamboo staff.


  1. Drip, drip, drip for Bob McDonnell

    So far, we still only have a tale of unseemly middle-class grasping, but damage has been done.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  2. SIU breaks ground on new baseball facility

    CARBONDALE — With one arm firmly grasping the past, the SIU baseball program took a gigantic step into the future Tuesday afternoon, breaking ground on Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: The Southern Illinoisan

  3. YouTube Explains Copyright In The Best Way Possible

    Copyright law is confusing. Even lawyers have trouble grasping copyright law, so it stands to reason that regular ol’ content producers on YouTube would have trouble as well. Don’t worry – YouTube and its puppet pals are here to help. …
    on June 26, 2013     Source: WebProNews


  1. "We see a lot of people putting up red herrings and grasping at straws" to try to defeat Kagan, Leahy told AP, predicting that Kagan would be confirmed.
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Patrick Leahy Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

  2. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in a statement that Bush "is grasping for a victory his current policies have put out of reach, and leaving our troops stuck policing a civil war."
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Harry Reid Source: Bloomberg

  3. "Perhaps it's evidence of a long-shot candidate grasping at straws and trying to create some kind of a controversy that might appeal to a niche audience of anti-Muslim bigots," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic...
    on Aug 2, 2007 By: Ibrahim Hooper Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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