ungraspable

ungraspable

(ʌnˈɡrɑːspəbəl)
adj
not possible to comprehend
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And yet sometimes one gets a hint of what the last scene may be like in the life of a ship and her crew, which resembles a drama in its struggle against a great force bearing it up, formless, ungraspable, chaotic and mysterious, as fate.
If his notions of hidden treasure had been analyzed, they would have been found to consist of a handful of real dimes and a bushel of vague, splen- did, ungraspable dollars.
It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
Yet this love, so unceasingly sewn, she knew when she came to consider and marvel, was more of Billy than of the nebulous, ungraspable new bit of life that eluded her fondest attempts at visioning.
That tree had witnessed the assaults of men in mail-- how remote such a time seems, and how ungraspable is the fact that real men ever did fight in real armor!--and it had seen the time when these broken arches and crumbling battlements were a trim and strong and stately fortress, fluttering its gay banners in the sun, and peopled with vigorous humanity--how impossibly long ago that seems!--and here it stands yet, and possibly may still be standing here, sunning itself and dreaming its historical dreams, when today shall have been joined to the days called "ancient."
His thin lips, like the dies of a machine, stamped out phrases that cut and stung; or again, pursing caressingly about the inchoate sound they articulated, the thin lips shaped soft and velvety things, mellow phrases of glow and glory, of haunting beauty, reverberant of the mystery and inscrutableness of life; and yet again the thin lips were like a bugle, from which rang the crash and tumult of cosmic strife, phrases that sounded clear as silver, that were luminous as starry spaces, that epitomized the final word of science and yet said something more - the poet's word, the transcendental truth, elusive and without words which could express, and which none the less found expression in the subtle and all but ungraspable connotations of common words.
On the one hand, he studied and celebrated the beauty and underlying connections between many aspects of the natural world, immersing himself in its precious and ungraspable complexity.
The section "Wind" houses essays about the ungraspable nature of death from Toi Dericotte and Keith Taylor.
And so, a new, improved, zero-calorie, biodegradable prosperity is always on the horizon, always within reach, yet ungraspable. Donald Trump promised prosperity to an America already prospering courtesy of President Obama.
Mohammad Khdhayyer, The Graspable and The Ungraspable
Now I'm here in blackness, surrounded by forever darkness No-one else, no-body, arms, head or legs, Just a few last atoms of thought, before I fade Into ungraspable nothings: Was I really here?
Bridle borrows Timothy Morton's modish conception of the "hyperobject" as a way of discussing our inability to apprehend the totality of the risks embodied in such vast phenomena as machine intelligence and global warming -- but I'm not sure that acknowledging the ungraspable nature of anything really helps us to grasp it.