grip-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: hold tight

He gripped Pat's old gun with one hand in his pocket.
The wrestlers gripped each other around the waist at the back, with
the right hand under the opponent's left arm and the chin resting
on the opposite right.

VerbNet: hold-15.1-1,touch-20-1
FrameNet: Manipulation
PropBank: grip.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: transfix, reder motionless

NOTE: Compare to sense 1. Sense 2 does not include physically gripping.

Last week iPhone mania gripped Silicon Valley gadget heads.

VerbNet: touch-20-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: grip.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3