—v.t. 1. to seize suddenly or quickly; snatch; clutch: He grabbed me by the collar. 2. to take illegal possession of; seize forcibly or unscrupulously: to grab land. 3. to obtain and consume quickly: Let's grab a sandwich before going to the movie. 4. Slang. a. to cause a reaction in; affect: How does my idea grab you? b. to arouse the interest or excitement of: The book was O.K., but it just didn't grab me.
—v.i. 1. to make a grasping or clutching motion (usually fol. by at): He grabbed frantically at the life preserver. 2. (of brakes, a clutch, etc.) to take hold suddenly or with a jolting motion; bind.
—n. 1. a sudden, quick grasp or snatch: to make a grab at something. 2. seizure or acquisition by violent or unscrupulous means.
3. something that is grabbed.
4. a mechanical device for gripping objects.
5. the capacity to hold or adhere: The glue was so old it had lost its grab. 6. up for grabs,Informal.available to anyone willing to expend the energy to get it: The Republican nomination for mayor was up for grabs.
Pronunciation: (grab),[key] —n. an Oriental ship having two or three masts with a square rig.