Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of grasping or seizing.
  • noun Apprehension by the senses.
  • noun Understanding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of prehending, seizing, or taking hold.
  • noun Apprehension; mental grasp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping, as with the hand or other member.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of grasping or gripping something, especially with the hands

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin prehēnsiō, prehēnsiōn-, from prehēnsus, past participle of prehendere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

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