from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See grapple.
  • n. Nautical See grapnel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of grapple.
  • n. An act in which something is grappled or grappled with

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is seized and held, a grapnel.
  • n. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That by which anything is seized and held; a grapnel.
  • n. An anchorage.
  • n. A lernæan parasite of the menhaden: so called from having the shape of a grappling-iron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  • n. the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down


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