grip

To grip something is to hold it firmly. You might grip the TV remote to keep your roommate from trying to change the channel.

When you want to hold on to something, you grip it. If your hands are strong and you can hold things well, you have a good grip. Grip is also the roughness or texture of something. A steering wheel has good grip if your hands don't slip while driving. This word can be also be used figuratively. If you’re upset, your friend might tell you to “get a grip” — that is, get a hold of yourself.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: grip

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vn
hold fast or firmly
the act of grasping
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vn
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
an intellectual hold or understanding
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n
a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
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n
worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: grip
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v hold fast or firmly

“He gripped the steering wheel”
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bite, seize with teeth
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
squeeze tightly between the fingers
gnaw
bite or chew on with the teeth
bite off, snap at
bite off with a quick bite
snap
bring the jaws together
nibble
bite gently
nip
give a small sharp bite to
nibble
bite off very small pieces
goose
pinch in the buttocks
tweak
pinch or squeeze sharply
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

Synonyms:
grapple
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

n the act of grasping

“he has a strong grip for an old man”
Synonyms:
clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold
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choke hold, chokehold
a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind
embrace, embracement, embracing
the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
wrestling hold
a hold used in the sport of wrestling
cuddle, nestle, snuggle
a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
clinch, hug, squeeze
a tight or amorous embrace
bear hug
a wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent
nelson
any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck
Japanese stranglehold
a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arms are crossed in front of his own neck to exert pressure on his windpipe
lock
any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
scissor grip, scissor hold, scissors, scissors grip, scissors hold
a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
stranglehold
a wrestling hold in which the arms are pressed against the opponent's windpipe
toehold
a wrestling hold in which the toe is held and the leg is twisted against the joints
Type of:
grasping, prehension, seizing, taking hold
the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

n the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

“it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip
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handgrip, handle, hold
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ax handle, axe handle
the handle of an ax
broom handle, broomstick
the handle of a broom
crop
the stock or handle of a whip
haft, helve
the handle of a weapon or tool
hilt
the handle of a sword or dagger
hoe handle
the handle of a hoe
knob
a round handle
mop handle
the handle of a mop
panhandle
the handle of a pan
pommel, saddlebow
handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
pommel
a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
rake handle
the handle of a rake
stock
the handle end of some implements or tools
gunstock, stock
the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
basket hilt
a hilt with a basket-shaped guard for the hand
bitstock, brace
a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
butt, butt end
thick end of the handle
doorhandle, doorknob
a knob used to release the catch when opening a door (often called `doorhandle' in Great Britain)
horn, saddle horn
a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
pistol grip
a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol
stop
(music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes
Type of:
appendage
a part that is joined to something larger

n the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

Synonyms:
adhesive friction, traction
Type of:
friction, rubbing
the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another

n a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place

Synonyms:
bobby pin, hairgrip
Type of:
hairpin
a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
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v to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

Synonyms:
fascinate, spellbind, transfix
Type of:
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

n an intellectual hold or understanding

“a good grip on French history”
“they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities”
“he was in the grip of a powerful emotion”
Synonyms:
grasp
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tentacle
something that acts like a tentacle in its ability to grasp and hold
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influence
a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
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n a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes

Synonyms:
bag, suitcase, traveling bag, travelling bag
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carpetbag
traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
garment bag
a suitcase that unfolds to be hung up
gripsack
a small suitcase
overnight bag, overnight case, overnighter
a small traveling bag to carry clothing and accessories for staying overnight
Gladstone, Gladstone bag, portmanteau
a large travelling bag made of stiff leather
weekender
a small suitcase to carry clothing and accessories for a weekend trip
valise
a small overnight bag for short trips
Type of:
baggage, luggage
cases used to carry belongings when traveling
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n worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made

Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills
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