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Meaning of GRAPPLE

Pronunciation:  'grapul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
  2. [n]  a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
  3. [n]  a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
  4. [v]  to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
  5. [v]  come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

GRAPPLE is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: clamshell, contend, cope, deal, get by, grapnel, grappler, grappling, grappling hook, grappling iron, grip, hand-to-hand struggle, make do, make out, manage, wrestle, wrestling
 See Also: act, claw, clutch, cope with, crampon, crampoon, cut, dredging bucket, extemporize, fend, hack, hook, improvise, match, meet, move, prehend, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, seize, squeak by, squeeze by, struggle, tool



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Grap"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Grappled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Grappling}.] [F. grappiller, OF. graypil the grapple of a
    ship, fr. graper to pluck, prop., to seize, clutch; of German
    origin. See {Grape}.]
    1. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close
       quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
    2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join
             The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
             Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
  2. \Grap"ple\, v. i.
    To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one's
    self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize
    one another.
    {To grapple with}, to enter into contest with, resolutely and
             And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple
             with the house of Lancaster.          --Shak.
  3. \Grap"ple\, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]
    1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's
       hold. --Milton.
       (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing
           and holding fast to an object; a grab.
       (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron.
                 The iron hooks and grapples keen. --Spenser.
    {Grapple plant} (Bot.), a South African herb ({Herpagophytum
       leptocarpum}) having the woody fruits armed with long
       hooked or barbed thorns by which they adhere to cattle,
       causing intense annoyance.
    {Grapple shot} (Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which
       are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or
       to hold in the ground; -- called also {anchor shot}.
Computing Dictionary

GRAPh Processing LanguagE. 1968.

["A Directed Graph Representation for Computer Simulation of Belief Systems", L.G. Tesler et al, Math Biosciences 2:19-40 (1968)].

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