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Grasp vs Blow - What's the difference?

grasp | blow |

As verbs the difference between grasp and blow

is that grasp is to grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand while blow is to produce an air current.

As nouns the difference between grasp and blow

is that grasp is grip while blow is a strong wind.

As an adjective blow is




(wikipedia grasp)


(en verb)
  • To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  • (senseid)To understand.
  • I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity .

    Derived terms

    * grasp the nettle


    (en noun)
  • Grip.
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • (senseid)Understanding.
  • That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.
  • :
  • blow


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) blo, bloo, from (etyl) .


  • Blue.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) blowen, from (etyl) ).


  • To produce an air current.
  • * 1606 , , King Lear , act 3, sc. 2:
  • "Blow', winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! ' blow !"
  • * Walton
  • Hark how it rains and blows !
  • To propel by an air current.
  • Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  • To be propelled by an air current.
  • The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  • To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles'', ''to blow glass .
  • To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.
  • to blow the fire
  • To clear of contents by forcing air through.
  • to blow an egg
    to blow one's nose
  • To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
  • To make a sound as the result of being blown.
  • In the harbor, the ships' horns blew .
  • * Milton
  • There let the pealing organ blow .
  • (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding.
  • There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow .
    There she blows ! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")
  • To explode.
  • Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow !
  • To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.
  • The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up.
    The aerosol can was blown to bits.
  • To cause sudden destruction of.
  • He blew the tires and the engine.
  • To suddenly fail destructively.
  • He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.
  • (slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck).
  • This blows !
  • (slang) To recklessly squander.
  • I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
    I blew $35 thou on a car.
    We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.
  • (vulgar) To fellate.
  • Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  • To leave.
  • Let's blow this joint.
  • To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
  • * 1606 , , Act V, scene 2, line 55.
  • Shall they hoist me up,
    And show me to the shouting varletry
    Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
    Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mud
    Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
    Blow me into abhorring!
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 1
    I am, in my condition,
    A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;—
    I would not so!—and would no more endure
    This wooden slavery than to suffer
    The flesh-fly blow my mouth.
  • (obsolete) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
  • * Dryden
  • Through the court his courtesy was blown .
  • * Whiting
  • His language does his knowledge blow .
  • (obsolete) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Look how imagination blows him.
  • To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing .
  • To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
  • to blow a horse
    (Sir Walter Scott)
  • (obsolete) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
  • * Bartlett
  • You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
    Derived terms
    * blow a gasket * blow a kiss * blow apart * blow away * blower * blowhard * blow hot and cold * blowhorn * blow it * blowjob * blow me * blow off * blow off steam * blow one's horn * blow one's nose * blow one's top * blow one's trumpet * blow out * blowout * blow over * blow someone out of the water * blow someone's brains out * blow someone's mind * blow someone's socks off * blow the whistle * blow up * blow upon * blowup * blow up in one's face * glassblower * mind-blowing * there she blows


    (en noun)
  • A strong wind.
  • We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
  • (informal) A chance to catch one’s breath.
  • The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.
  • (uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
  • (uncountable, UK, slang) Cannabis.
  • (uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
  • Etymology 3

    (etyl) blowe, blaw, northern variant of , Middle Dutch blouwen). Related to block.


    (en noun)
  • The act of striking or hitting.
  • A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone.
    During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the midsection.
  • A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
  • * T. Arnold
  • A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
  • A damaging occurrence.
  • A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=April 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Norwich returned to second in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, whose promotion hopes were dealt another blow .}}
    * (The act of striking) bace, strike, hit, punch * (A damaging occurrence) disaster, calamity
    Derived terms
    * blow-by-blow * body blow * come to blows * low blow

    Etymology 4

    (etyl) blowen, from (etyl) 'to bloom').


  • To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
  • * 1599 ,
  • You seem to me as in her orb,
    As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown ;
  • * 1667 ,
  • How blows the citron grove.
  • * 1784 , William Cowper, Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools
  • Boys are at best but pretty buds unblown ,
    Whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known;
  • * '>citation
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • Such a blow of tulips.
  • A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  • A bloom, state of flowering.
  • roses in full blow .