Definitions for: Grapple

[n] the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
[n] a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
[n] a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
[v] to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
[v] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

Webster (1913) Definition: Grap"ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grappled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Grappling.] [F. grappiller, OF. graypil the grapple of a
ship, fr. graper to pluck, prop., to seize, clutch; of German
origin. See Grape.]
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

The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.

Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.

Grap"ple, v. i.
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.

To grapple with, to enter into contest with, resolutely and

And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple
with the house of Lancaster. --Shak.

Grap"ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]
1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's
hold. --Milton.

(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.

Grapple plant (Bot.), a South African herb ({Herpagophytum
leptocarpum}) having the woody fruits armed with long
hooked or barbed thorns by which they adhere to cattle,
causing intense annoyance.

Grapple shot (Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which
are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or
to hold in the ground; -- called also anchor shot.

Synonyms: clamshell, contend, cope, deal, get by, grapnel, grappler, grappling, grappling hook, grappling iron, grip, hand-to-hand struggle, make do, make out, manage, wrestle, wrestling

See Also: act, claw, clutch, cope with, crampon, crampoon, cut, dredging bucket, extemporize, fend, hack, hook, improvise, match, meet, move, prehend, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, seize, squeak by, squeeze by, struggle, tool

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