AskDefine | Define grapple

Dictionary Definition

grapple

Noun

1 a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope [syn: grapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron]
2 a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam [syn: clamshell]
3 the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully" [syn: wrestle, wrestling, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle]

Verb

1 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" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, deal, manage]
2 to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes" [syn: grip]

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a device consisting of iron claws, attached to the end of a rope, used for grasping and holding an enemy ship prior to boarding; a grapnel or grappling iron
  2. the act of grappling
  3. a close hand-to-hand struggle

Verb

  1. to seize something and hold it firmly
  2. to use a grapple
  3. to wrestle or tussle

Extensive Definition

Grapple can refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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