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[ grap-ling ]



/ ˈɡræplɪŋ /


  1. the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
  2. a hook used for securing something

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Other Words From

  • un·grappling adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grappling1

First recorded in 1590–1600; grapple + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

Engineers equipped the Webb with grappling handles and a refill port, allowing for the possibility of an uncrewed spacecraft to fly out and top off the tank with more fuel as needed.

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This is a game where, instead of using a grappling hook to pull yourself to a high walkway, you use a hole in space and time to pull the walkway to you.

We read Thomas Piketty because we needed to understand these failures to have any hope of grappling with them.

There was something profoundly purging about finally grappling with it by putting it into words.

When Booker assumed office, his half-a-million constituents were grappling with high unemployment and rampant poverty.

Now Europe is grappling with its worst fear—the threat of an Ebola outbreak.

Given the daunting problems the city is grappling with—massive debt and a severe pension crisis—can you blame them?

The time of hard grappling with the overwhelming fulness of actuality is over.

Peter was moved not only because this was his son but because here was a fellow human being grappling with the common enemy.

Grappling for broken cable On the way from Misamis to Iligan, 87.

And well for him her grasping handAnd grappling arm were strong!

Already he was far away on a new line of thought, while the other was still grappling with his first surprise.


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