grapple
Pronunciation
  • (RP, GA) enPR: grăpʹəl, IPA: /ˈɡɹæpəl/
Verb

grapple (grapples, present participle grappling; past and past participle grappled)

  1. (transitive) To seize something and hold it firmly.
  2. (transitive, figuratively, normally with with) To ponder and intensely evaluate a problem.
    to grapple with one's conscience
  3. (transitive) To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
    • The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
      c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
  4. (intransitive) To use a grapple.
  5. (intransitive) To wrestle or tussle.
Translations Translations Translations Noun

grapple

  1. A tool with claw#Noun|claws or hook#Noun|hooks which is used to catch#Verb|catch or hold#Verb|hold something.
    1. (nautical) A device consisting of iron claws, attached to the end of a rope, used for grasping and holding an enemy ship prior to boarding; a grappling iron.
    2. (nautical) A grapnel.
  2. A close hand-to-hand struggle.
  3. (uncountable) The act of grappling.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

grapple (grapples, present participle grappling; past and past participle grappled)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) To climb.



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