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grapple

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noun grap·ple \ˈgra-pəl\

Definition of grapple

  1. 1a :  the act or an instance of grapplingb :  a hand-to-hand struggle <locked in a desperate grapple with his foe>c :  a contest for superiority or mastery <their grapple with tyranny>

  2. 2 :  an instrument for grabbing or gripping something: such asa :  a bucket (as on an excavating machine) having hinged jawsb :  grappling hook

Examples of grapple in a sentence

  1. <was simply unable to break my opponent's viselike grapple and lost the wrestling match>

  2. <after a grapple with his conscience, he confessed to having an affair>

Origin and Etymology of grapple

Middle English grappel grappling hook, from Old French *grappelle, diminutive of grape hook — more at grape


First Known Use: 1601

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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grapple

verb grap·ple

Definition of grapple

grappled

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grappling

play \ˈgra-p(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seize with or as if with a grapple (see 1grapple 2)

  3. 2 :  to grasp with the hands :  wrestle

  4. 3 :  to bind closely

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a ship fast with a grappling hook

  7. 2 :  to begin to understand or deal with something in a direct or effective way <Officials grappled with an increase in violent crimes.>

  8. 3 :  to use a grapple

grappler

play \ˈgra-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of grapple in a sentence

  1. <two sumo wrestlers grappling like a pair of mammoth bears>

  2. <a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water>

Origin and Etymology of grapple

see 1grapple


First Known Use: 1530


GRAPPLE Defined for English Language Learners


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grapple

verb grap·ple

Definition of grapple for English Language Learners

  • : to hold and fight with another person

  • : to try to solve a problem : to deal with a problem


GRAPPLE Defined for Kids

grapple

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verb grap·ple

Definition of grapple for Students

grappled

grappling

  1. 1 :  to seize or hold with an instrument (as a hook)

  2. 2 :  to seize and struggle with another <Wrestlers grappled in the ring.>

  3. 3 :  to deal with <Leaders are grappling with the problem.>



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