Pronunciation: (grasp, gräsp),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—n. 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.