grapple
I. noun Etymology: Middle English grappel grappling hook, from Old French *grappelle, diminutive of grape hook — more at grape Date: 1601 1. a. the act or an instance of grappling b. a hand-to-hand struggle c. a contest for superiority or mastery 2. a bucket similar to a clamshell but usually having more jaws II. verb (grappled; grappling) Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. to seize with or as if with a grapple 2. to come to grips with ; wrestle 3. to bind closely intransitive verb 1. to make a ship fast with a grappling hook 2. to come to grips 3. to use a grapple • grappler noun

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  • Grapple — can refer to: * Grappling, the act of controlling or attacking an opponent using grips and holds * Grapple (tool), a tool for grasping, hooking, and pulling objects * Grapple or skidder, a type of heavy machinery used in logging * Grapple truck,… …   Wikipedia

  • Grāpple — (pronEng|ˈgreɪpəl) is the registered brand name for a commercially marketed apple that tastes like a grape. The product is created by injecting a Fuji apple with grape juice in a patented infusing process. [cite news | url =… …   Wikipedia

  • Grapple — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grapple — 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. [1913 Webster] {To grapple with}, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grapple — Grap ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler s hold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grapple — ► VERB 1) engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons. 2) (grapple with) struggle to deal with or understand. 3) archaic seize with a grapnel. ► NOUN 1) an act of grappling. 2) a grapnel …   English terms dictionary

  • grapple — [grap′əl] n. [OFr grapil: see GRAPNEL] 1. GRAPNEL 2. a device consisting of two or more hinged, movable iron prongs for grasping and moving heavy objects 3. a coming to grips; hand to hand fight vt. grappled, grappling to grip and hold; seiz …   English World dictionary

  • grapple — I verb attack, battle, clasp, clinch, close, close with, clutch, combat, come in conflict with, compete with, confront, contest, do battle with, encounter, engage with, fasten upon, fight, get hold of, grasp, grip, hang on, hold, hold fast,… …   Law dictionary

  • grapple — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. grapil hook (see GRAPNEL (Cf. grapnel)). The verb is 1520s, seize and hold fast, from the noun. Sense of battle, struggle (with) is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling …   Etymology dictionary

  • grapple — vb *wrestle, tussle, scuffle Analogous words: battle, fight, *contend: vie, compete (see RIVAL): oppose, combat, *resist …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • grapple — [v] grab, wrestle attack, battle, catch, clash, clasp, close, clutch, combat, confront, contend, cope, deal with, do battle*, encounter, engage, face, fasten, fight, grasp, grip, hold, hook, hug, nab, nail, scuffle, seize, snatch, struggle,… …   New thesaurus

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