from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To contend by grappling and attempting to throw or immobilize one's opponent, especially under contest rules.
- intransitive v. To contend or struggle: wrestling with budget cuts.
- intransitive v. To strive in an effort to master something: wrestle with one's conscience.
- transitive v. To take part in (a wrestling match).
- transitive v. To take part in a wrestling match with.
- transitive v. To move or lift with great effort and force: wrestled the piano up the stairs.
- transitive v. To throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
- n. The act or a bout of wrestling.
- n. A struggle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wrestling bout.
- n. A struggle.
- v. To contend, with an opponent, by grappling and attempting to throw, immobilize or otherwise defeat him, depending on the specific rules of the contest
- v. To struggle or strive
- v. To take part in a wrestling match with someone
- v. To move or lift something with difficulty
- v. To throw a calf etc in order to brand it
- v. To fight
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent.
- intransitive v. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.
- transitive v. To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.
- n. A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- l. To twist or wind about; especially, to writhe; wriggle; squirm; struggle, as with the limbs.
- To struggle in a hand-to-hand contest; strive, as for some advantage or for mastery, with bodily strength and adroitness; specifically, to struggle, as two persons striving to throw each other to the ground, especially in a contest governed by certain fixed rules.
- To contend in any way, as in a struggle for mastery; maintain opposition or resistance, especially against a moral foe or force; strive.
- To deal, as with a troublesome duty; apply one's self vigorously; grapple: as, to wrestle with a knotty problem; to wrestle with a distasteful task.
- Hence, to devote one's self earnestly to prayer; pray.
- To contend with in wrestling: as, I will wrestle you for so much.
- On a cattle-range, to throw for the purpose of branding, as an animal.
- n. A bout at wrestling; a wrestling-match.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
- v. engage in a wrestling match
- v. engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
- v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
- v. combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force
Middle English wrestlen, from Old English *wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan, to twist; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)