to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
to use a grapple.
to seize another, or each other, in a firm grip, as in wrestling; clinch.
to engage in a struggle or close encounter (usually followed by with): He was grappling with a boy twice his size.
to try to overcome or deal (usually followed by with): to grapple with a problem.
to seize, hold, or fasten with or as with a grapple.
to seize in a grip, take hold of: The thug grappled him around the neck.
a hook or an iron instrument by which one thing, as a ship, fastens onto another; grapnel.
a seizing or gripping.
a grip or close hold in wrestling or hand-to-hand fighting.
a close, hand-to-hand fight.
- grappler, noun
- in·ter·grap·ple, verb, in·ter·grap·pled, in·ter·grap·pling.
- un·grap·pled, adjective
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How to use grapple in a sentence
Those two lines cross, and slide up one another, and then there’s a grapple and capture.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 7) | Singularity Hub Staff | May 7, 2022 | Singularity Hub
Even the newest and most important addition to his arsenal, a grapple hook that lets you rocket toward and swing around structures, mountains, and enemies like you’re some sort of gun-toting Spider-Man, is derivative, and not that intuitive to use.Halo Infinite Made Me Love Gaming With Friends Again | Patrick Lucas Austin | December 13, 2021 | Time
In hindsight, like many who suffer from eating disorders, it was a misguided and desperate grapple for control at a time when the great themes of my life were in chaos.How Nature Helped Me Recover from an Eating Disorder | Kate Siber | March 25, 2021 | Outside Online
The White House, however, does not grapple with the essentiality of good ground forces now.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran | Leslie H. Gelb | October 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Ferguson and many towns like it, majority African-American communities most grapple with mostly white county governments.
I believe that there are evil acts, and I grapple with the idea of whether you can call people evil.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil | William O’Connor | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The slice of society he depicts is narrow, but its denizens grapple with the universal basics: family, mortality, love, ambition.
For the fourth year running, the ICA has had to grapple with the complexities of coordinating a group show.
We are of course in a peculiarly difficult position to grapple with this problem through lack of contemporary evidence.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
At the moment he felt as if he could grapple the brute in bare hands and come off victor; and if otherwise—what matter?God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
A year before, their third cable had broken in mid-ocean, and it was now proposed to "grapple" for it.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
We hope it will go on and agreeably grapple with the people in its own district whatever may become of the Jews.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
Gilliatt was sufficiently familiar with marine rocks to grapple in earnest with the Douvres.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for grapple
to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
(intr foll by with) to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem
(tr) to secure with a grapple
any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
a grip or hold
a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
- grappler, noun
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