Definition of gripe :
1. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
2. A vulture; the griffin.
3. An assemblage of ropes, dead- eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
4. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
5. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
6. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; - chiefly used in the plural.
7. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
8. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
9. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
10. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
11. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
12. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances.
13. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
14. To suffer griping pains.
15. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
16. To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, figuratively: To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn.
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pain (part of speech: noun)
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- The word comes from the same root as the German greifen, and our own grip, and gripe, and grope, and grab- and grub too!" - "Warlock o' Glenwarlock", George MacDonald.
- These arms, which have wound round the master of the world, and no other, polluted by his gripe." - "The Pacha of Many Tales", Captain Frederick Marryat.
- They found their companion writhing and gasping, and almost dead, in the gripe of the gigantic Indian. - "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II)", Washington Irving.