Pronunciation: (grīp), [key]
v., griped, grip•ing,

1. complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
2. to suffer pain in the bowels.
3. Naut.(of a sailing vessel) to tend to come into the wind; to be ardent.

1. to seize and hold firmly; grip; grasp; clutch.
2. to produce pain in (the bowels) as if by constriction.
3. to distress or oppress.
4. to annoy or irritate: His tone of voice gripes me.
5. to grasp or clutch, as a miser.
6. secure (a lifeboat) to a deck or against a pudding boom on davits.

1. the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
2. Informal.a nagging complaint.
3. a firm hold; clutch.
4. a grasp; hold; control.
5. something that grips or clutches; a claw or grip.
6. Naut.
a. a lashing or chain by which a boat is secured to a deck or in position on davits.
b. Also called gripe' piece". a curved timber connecting the stem or cutwater of a wooden hull with the keel.
c. the exterior angle or curve formed by this piece; forefoot.
d. the forward end of the dished keel of a metal hull.
7. a handle, hilt, etc.
8. Usually, gripes. intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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