A vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts.
- To take or grasp suddenly: grabbed the letter from me.
- To capture or restrain; arrest.
- To obtain or appropriate unscrupulously or forcibly: grab public funds; grab power.
- To take hurriedly: grabbed my coat and hat and left.
- Slang To capture the attention of: a plot that grabs the reader.
- To make a grasping or snatching motion: We grabbed for the life raft.
- Sudden seizure of something or someone; a snatch: "The imminence of death is reflected in every last power-stroke and grab of the great money bosses” ( Dylan Thomas).
- One that is grabbed.
- A mechanical device for gripping an object.
- up for grabs Slang Available for anyone to take or win: "The reputation of the . . . king is still up for grabs” ( William Zinsser).
- A usually two-masted, square-rigged Arab coastal vessel.