verb (used without object), grappled, grappling.
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.
verb (used with object), grappled, grappling.
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.

1520–30; apparently a frequentative of Old English gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel

grappler, noun
intergrapple, verb, intergrappled, intergrappling.
ungrappled, adjective

5. struggle, contend, wrestle, cope, tussle. Unabridged
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grapple (ˈɡræpəl)
vb (foll by with)
1.  to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
2.  to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem
3.  (tr) to secure with a grapple
4.  any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
5.  a.  the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
 b.  a grip or hold
6.  a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
[C16: from Old French grappelle a little hook, from grape hook; see grapnel]

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Word Origin & History

1295, from O.Fr. grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1530, from the noun.
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GRAPPLE definition

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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