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Grasp vs Lift - What's the difference?

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Grasp is a related term of lift.

As an acronym grasp

is (software|object-oriented design).

As a noun lift is

lift; elevator (mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people).



(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.
  • :
  • lift


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) lifte, . More at (l).


  • Air.
  • The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
  • Synonyms
    * (gas or vapour breathed) air * atmosphere * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) liften, lyften, from (etyl) . See above.


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive) To raise or rise.
  • The fog eventually lifted , leaving the streets clear.
    You never lift a finger to help me!
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Their walk had continued not more than ten minutes when they crossed a creek by a wooden bridge and came to a row of mean houses standing flush with the street. At the door of one, an old black woman had stooped to lift a large basket, piled high with laundered clothes.
  • *
  • (slang) To steal.
  • *
  • To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
  • To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 24 , author=David Ornstein , title=Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The Gunners boss has been heavily criticised for his side's poor start to the Premier League season but this result helps lift the pressure.}}
  • to cause to move upwards.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 2 , author=Aled Williams , title=Swansea 2 - 0 Stoke , work=BBC Sport Wales citation , page= , passage=Graham secured victory with five minutes left, coolly lifting the ball over Asmir Begovic.}}
  • (informal) To lift weights; to weight-lift.
  • She can lift twice her bodyweight.
  • To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
  • * John Locke
  • strained by lifting at a weight too heavy
  • To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up .
  • * Addison
  • The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.
  • * Bible, 1 Timothy iii. 6
  • being lifted up with pride
  • (obsolete) To bear; to support.
  • (Spenser)
  • To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
  • Derived terms
    * lift-off


    (en noun)
  • An act of lifting or raising.
  • The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
  • He gave me a lift to the bus station.
  • (British, Australia, New Zealand) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
  • Take the lift to the fourth floor.
  • An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
  • (measurement) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
  • A thief.
  • * 1977 , Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld , Folio Society 2006, page 32:
  • The lift came into the shop dressed like a country gentleman, but was careful not to have a cloak about him, so that the tradesman could see he had no opportunity to conceal any goods about his person.
  • (dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
  • Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
  • an improvement in mood
  • * November 17 2012 , BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham [http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20278355]
  • The dismissal of a player who left Arsenal for Manchester City before joining Tottenham gave the home players and fans a noticeable lift .
  • The space or distance through which anything is lifted.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • A rise; a degree of elevation.
  • the lift of a lock in canals
  • A lift gate.
  • (nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
  • (engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
  • (shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
  • (horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
  • (Saunier)
    (Webster 1913)
    * (mechanical device) elevator * (act of transporting) ride * (upward force) uplift
    See also
    * escalator


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