gripping gripping  /ˈɡrɪ pɪŋ/


  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
  11. (adj) capable of arousing and holding the attention



  1. It's a faux epic swell costumes, historically authentic settings, a certain amount of bustle and skulking, but very little dramatically gripping activity.
  2. JFK was gripping, love it or hate it.
  3. Like most Americans, I closely followed the gripping story of the Maersk Alabama.


  1. Vintage NBA Finals Moments That Would Have Gone Viral If Twitter Existed

    Twitter: born March 2006. NBA Finals: born April 1947. Nowadays, Twitter explodes with photos, data, rumors and footage of the NBA Finals from fans, players, coaches and owners. So one can only imagine the lurid photos, sensational gossip and gripping taunts that would have made the tweeting rounds in NBA days of yore. One need imagine no longer. Time to anachronize Twitter and impose it into ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Mecklenburg County Flood Mitigation Program Facing Challenges

    Gripping electronic images stored on Tim Trautman's desk top offer a compelling visual narrative into the hardship that high water brings to some of Charlotte's most flood-prone neighborhoods.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: WBTV Charlotte

  3. 'A Hijacking' review: Danish drama takes a sober look at Somali piracy and its victims

    "A Hijacking" is every bit as straightforward as its title. What we have here is a gripping story rather dryly told, a somewhat frustrating essay on Scandinavian passivity without the pathos of the similarly themed Oscar-winning Danish film "In a Better World." It's the helplessness that gets to you.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Zap2It


  1. "He was aggressive and he wasn't afraid of throwing the ball," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "He's got a good changeup and a good breaking ball, but he was gripping it so tight. He did a super job, but he did it with one pitch."
    on Jun 2, 2009 By: Charlie Manuel Source: USA Today

  2. "It is so engaging, so gripping, so epic that I wanted absolutely everybody to share the joy of the story of Edgar Sawtelle," Winfrey told her audience.
    on Sep 20, 2008 By: Oprah Winfrey Source: Arizona Republic

  3. "The world is caught up in a financial storm, and dark clouds fill our immediate horizon," Lee said in a speech in Singapore. "The fear and panic gripping financial markets everywhere will take time to subside."
    on Oct 9, 2008 By: Lee Hsien Loong Source: International Herald Tribune

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