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grapple Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
    grappling hook; grapnel; grappling iron; grappler.
  2. noun a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
  3. noun the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
    grappling; wrestle; wrestling; hand-to-hand struggle.
    • they had a fierce wrestle
    • we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully
  4. verb come to terms with
    contend; deal; cope; manage; get by; make out; make do.
    • We got by on just a gallon of gas
    • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day
  5. verb to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
    • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

Grap"ple transitive verb
F. grappiller, OF. graypil the grapple of a ship, fr. graper to pluck, prop., to seize, clutch; of German origin. See Grape.
imperfect & past participle Grappled ; present participle & verbal noun Grappling
  1. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
  2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
    The gallies were grappled to the Centurion. Hakluyt.
    Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel. Shak.
Grap"ple intransitive verb
  1. To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one's self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another.
    And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple with the house of Lancaster. Shak.
Grap"ple noun
See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.
  1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold. Milton.
  2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron.
    The iron hooks and grapples keen. Spenser.

Webster 1913

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