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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
    clamshell.
  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
    grip.
    • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes
WordNet

Grap"ple transitive verb
Etymology
F. grappiller, OF. graypil the grapple of a ship, fr. graper to pluck, prop., to seize, clutch; of German origin. See Grape.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Grappled ; present participle & verbal noun Grappling
Definitions
  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
Definitions
  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
Etymology
See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.
Definitions
  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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