Pronunciation: (grasp, gräsp), [key]
1. to seize and hold by or as if by clasping with the fingers or arms.
2. to seize upon; hold firmly.
3. to get hold of mentally; comprehend; understand: I don't grasp your meaning.
to make an attempt to seize, or a motion of seizing, something (usually fol. by at or for): a drowning man grasping at straws; to grasp for an enemy's rifle.
1. the act of grasping or gripping, as with the hands or arms: to make a grasp at something.
2. a hold or grip: to have a firm grasp of a rope.
3. one's arms or hands, in embracing or gripping: He took her in his grasp.
4. one's power of seizing and holding; reach: to have a thing within one's grasp.
5. hold, possession, or mastery: to wrest power from the grasp of a usurper.
6. mental hold or capacity; power to understand.
7. broad or thorough comprehension: a good grasp of computer programming.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.