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Definition of 'grip'

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  1. the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
       Synonyms: clasp clench clutch clutches grasp hold
  2. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
       Synonyms: handle handgrip hold
  3. a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him"
       Synonyms: bag traveling bag suitcase
  4. the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
       Synonyms: traction adhesive friction
  5. worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
  6. a firm controlling influence; "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp"
       Synonyms: grasp
  7. a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place; "in England they call a bobby pin a grip"
       Synonyms: bobby pin hairgrip


  1. hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
  2. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
       Synonyms: grapple
  3. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
       Synonyms: fascinate transfix spellbind

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