noun a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
grappling hook; grapnel; grappling iron; grappler.
noun a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
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
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
verb to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
- the two men grappled with each other for several minutes
Grap"ple transitive verb
, 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
- To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
- To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
Grap"ple intransitive verb
- 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.
See Grapple, v. t.
, and cf. Crapple.
- A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.
- (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.
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