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Definition of Gripping

Babylon English

suspenseful, fascinating, holding the attention
hold firmly; grasp; catch and hold someone's interest
Gripping Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
hEnglish - advanced version

adj : capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a fascinating story" [syn: absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, riveting]

WordNet 2.0

1. capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a fascinating story"
(synonym) absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, riveting
(similar) interesting

1. the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
(synonym) clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold
(hypernym) grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension
(hyponym) chokehold, choke hold
(derivation) grapple
2. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
(synonym) handle, handgrip, hold
(hypernym) appendage
(hyponym) ax handle, axe handle
(part-holonym) edge tool
(part-meronym) shank, stem
3. a portable rectangular traveling bag for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him"
(synonym) bag, traveling bag, suitcase
(hypernym) baggage, luggage
(hyponym) carpetbag
4. the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
(synonym) traction, adhesive friction
(hypernym) friction, rubbing
(classification) car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar
5. worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
(hypernym) skilled worker, trained worker
6. a firm controlling influence; "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp"
(synonym) grasp
(hypernym) influence
(hyponym) tentacle
(derivation) fascinate, transfix, spellbind
7. a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place; "in England they call a bobby pin a grip"
(synonym) bobby pin, hairgrip
(hypernym) hairpin

1. hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
(hypernym) seize, prehend, clutch
(hyponym) bite, seize with teeth
(derivation) handle, handgrip, hold
2. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
(synonym) grapple
(hypernym) seize, prehend, clutch
(derivation) clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold
3. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
(synonym) fascinate, transfix, spellbind
(hypernym) interest
(derivation) grasp