gripped gripped  /ˈɡrɪpt/


  1. (n) the act of grasping
  2. (n) the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
  3. (n) a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
  4. (n) the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
  5. (n) worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
  6. (n) an intellectual hold or understanding
  7. (n) a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
  8. (v) hold fast or firmly
  9. (v) to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
  10. (v) to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe



  1. Nearly one million people starved to death when a murderous famine gripped North Korea in the 1990s.
  2. Even by the standards of Somalia, a country gripped by chaos for 17 years, it has been a horrible couple of weeks.
  3. For a generation, Japan's royal family has been gripped by a succession crisis.


  1. Dodgers, D'backs coaches get involved in ugly brawl

    Kirk Gibson and Mark McGwire gripped each other's tops and faced off nose to nose as the nasty brawl escalated.No, this wasn't 1989.It was Tuesday night.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Times Leader

  2. With Waze, Google Signals Arrival Of New Business Model

    Google's purchase of Waze has gripped commentators who see it as a defensive move against Facebook or Apple. But as I wrote earlier it is actually a move deeper into the crowd and we need to reflect on that broader significance.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Dodgers and D-back's coaches in middle of brawl

    Kirk Gibson and Mark McGwire gripped each other's tops and faced off nose to nose as the nasty brawl escalated.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports


  1. Philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said Anelka's infamous outburst was symptomatic of a "hooligan culture that has gripped the nation."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Alain Finkielkraut Source: The Associated Press

  2. "The immense emotion and indignation that gripped the American people in the aftermath of these barbarous actions were felt throughout the entire world," Sarkozy wrote.
    on Sep 11, 2007 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: Forbes

  3. Sitting with his wife Graca Machel in a lounge of the large home he built in Qunu, Mandela said he was fortunate to have reached 90, but the poor are unlikely to live that long because "poverty has gripped our people."
    on Jul 18, 2008 By: Nelson Mandela Source: ABC News

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