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grasp·ing

 (grăs′pĭng)
adj.
Exceedingly eager for material gain; avaricious.

grasp′ing·ly adv.
grasp′ing·ness n.

grasping

(ˈɡrɑːspɪŋ)
adj
greedy; avaricious; rapacious
ˈgraspingly adv

grasp•ing

(ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-)

adj.
greedy; avaricious.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
2.grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - 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"
Adj.1.grasping - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthgrasping - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"

grasping

adjective greedy, acquisitive, rapacious, mean, selfish, stingy, penny-pinching (informal), venal, miserly, avaricious, niggardly, covetous, tightfisted, close-fisted, tight-arsed (taboo slang), usurious, tight-assed (U.S. taboo slang), snoep (S. African informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo slang) She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
generous, altruistic, unselfish

grasping

adjective
Having a strong urge to obtain or possess something, especially material wealth, in quantity:
Informal: grabby.
Translations
جَشِع، طَمّاع
lakomý
grisk
ágjarn, gráîugur
açgözlügözü doymaz

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] ADJ (fig) → avaro, codicioso

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (= greedy) → avide

grasping

adj (fig)habgierig

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (fig) → avido/a

grasp

(graːsp) verb
1. to take hold of especially by putting one's fingers or arm(s) round. He grasped the rope; He grasped the opportunity to ask for a higher salary.
2. to understand. I can't grasp what he's getting at.
noun
1. a grip with one's hand etc. Have you got a good grasp on that rope?
2. the ability to understand. His ideas are quite beyond my grasp.
ˈgrasping adjective
greedy (especially for money). a grasping old man.
References in classic literature ?
As it was we landed in a wildly clutching heap at the very extremity of the flier, where Xodar and I succeeded in grasping the hand-rail, but the boy would have plunged overboard had I not fortunately grasped his ankle as he was already partially over.
He had risen from the ground, and grasping his pony's mane, was attempting to resume his seat in the saddle; but scarcely had he put his foot in the stirrup, when a sickness or dizziness seemed to overpower him: he leant forward a moment, with his head drooped on the animal's back, and then made one more effort, which proving ineffectual, he sank back on the bank, where I left him, reposing his head on the oozy turf, and to all appearance, as calmly reclining as if he had been taking his rest on his sofa at home.
Sikes spoke in the very harshest key of a very harsh voice; but, appearing to entertain some unaccountable objection to having his throat cut, he remained where he was, and growled more fiercely than before: at the same time grasping the end of the poker between his teeth, and biting at it like a wild beast.
Oh, no, no, never mind,' said the young woman, grasping Oliver's hand; 'I'm better now.
With a low cry she sprang toward the cabin, and, as she entered, gave a backward glance which filled her soul with terror, for the brute had intercepted her husband, who now stood at bay grasping his ax with both hands ready to swing it upon the infuriated animal when he should make his final charge.
The aide-de-camp, an adept in his art, grasping his partner firmly round her waist, with confident deliberation started smoothly, gliding first round the edge of the circle, then at the corner of the room he caught Helene's left hand and turned her, the only sound audible, apart from the ever-quickening music, being the rhythmic click of the spurs on his rapid, agile feet, while at every third beat his partner's velvet dress spread out and seemed to flash as she whirled round.
Schack's research group, for instance, investigated which characteristics study participants perceived to be significant in grasping actions.
The bill defines "dismemberment abortion" as "knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child's body in order to cut or rip it off .
The square may be a legacy of ancestral seahorse armor that just happens to work for grasping too, Adriaens and his colleagues propose in the July 3 Science (SN Online: 7/2/15).
Ergonomic Grasping Aids for Reusable Pull-On Outer Covers: Donald Carroll Roe, West Chester, OH.
The new mechanism developed at OSU is not really robotic since it has no sensory, electronic or motor capabilities; rather, it's a passive technology using a basic pulley that will be implanted within a person's hand to allow more natural grasping function with less use of muscle energy.
New research shows how the mechanism can produce more natural and adaptive flexion of the fingers in grasping.