gripped (part of speech: verb)
- His calling often made heavy demands upon his powers of endurance; but never before had he grappled with so strenuous a task. - "The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel", Baroness Orczy.
- At last, catching the bar on his hatchet, he broke the force of the blow, and then, with agile movement, dropped to the ground and grappled Joe's legs. - "The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley", Zane Grey.
- But the remaining seaman was in his path, grappled him, held him for an instant motionless. - "The Sea Bride", Ben Ames Williams.