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Gripe meaning

gripe - 17 dictionary results

  1. 1. A vulture; the griffin.
  2. 2. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
  3. 3. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
  4. 4. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances.
  5. 5. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
  6. 6. To suffer griping pains.
  7. 7. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
  8. 8. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
  9. 9. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
  10. 10. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  11. 11. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  12. 12. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  13. 13. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  14. 14. An assemblage of ropes, dead- eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
  15. 15. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; - chiefly used in the plural.
  16. 16. A strong grasp or clutch; oppression; pain in the bowels.
  17. 17. To hold firmly; clutch; give pain in the bowels.

gripe - examples of usage

  1. And I kist not Mine Own; but stood there, very shaken and desperate, and gript her fast unto me, scarce heeding the hardness of my gripe; and alway I lookt unto the way of the coming of the Sound. - "The Night Land", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. I slipt the gripe of the great hands, and my body and my legs and mine arms did work together unto that last blow; so that I did hit so hard as a great hammer. - "The Night Land", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. Oh my Liege, pardon me if you please, if not I pleas'd not to be pardon'd, am content with all: Seeke you to seize, and gripe into your hands The Royalties and Rights of banish'd Herford? - "Richard-II", Shakespeare, William.
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