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Definition of GRAPPLE

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Grapple \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. [1913 Webster]

     {To grapple with}, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously. [1913 Webster]

              And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple with the house of Lancaster. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Grapple \Grap"ple\, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]
     1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2.
        (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron. [1913 Webster]

                  The iron hooks and grapples keen. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Grapple \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. [1913 Webster]

     2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly. [1913 Webster]

              The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
                                                    --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

              Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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