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wrestling

[res-ling] /ˈrɛs lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a sport in which two opponents struggle hand to hand in order to pin or press each other's shoulders to the mat or ground, with the style, rules, and regulations differing widely in amateur and professional matches.
Compare catch-as-catch-can (def 3), Greco-Roman (def 3).
2.
the act of a person who wrestles.
Origin of wrestling
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wrǣstlunge. See wrestle, -ing1

wrestle

[res-uh l] /ˈrɛs əl/
verb (used without object), wrestled, wrestling.
1.
to engage in wrestling.
2.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple:
to wrestle with one's conscience.
verb (used with object), wrestled, wrestling.
3.
to contend with in wrestling.
4.
to force by or as if by wrestling.
5.
to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
noun
6.
an act of or a bout at wrestling.
7.
a struggle.
Origin
before 1100; Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen (v.), Old English *wrǣstlian (compare Old English wrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German worstelen
Related forms
wrestler, noun
outwrestle, verb (used with object), outwrestled, outwrestling.
unwrestled, adjective
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wrestling

/ˈrɛslɪŋ/
noun
1.
any of certain sports in which the contestants fight each other according to various rules governing holds and usually forbidding blows with the closed fist. The principal object is to overcome the opponent either by throwing or pinning him to the ground or by causing him to submit See freestyle, Graeco-Roman, sumo

wrestle

/ˈrɛsəl/
verb
1.
to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
2.
(intransitive) to participate in wrestling
3.
when intr, foll by with or against. to fight with (a person, problem, or thing): wrestle with one's conscience
4.
(transitive) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
5.
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to throw (an animal) for branding
noun
6.
the act of wrestling
7.
a struggle or tussle
Derived Forms
wrestler, noun
Word Origin
Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race
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Word Origin and History for wrestling
n.

Old English wræstlung, "sport of grappling and throwing," verbal noun from wrestle (v.). From c.1300 as "action of wrestling, a wrestling match." Figurative use from c.1200.

wrestle

v.

Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.

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wrestling in the Bible

(Eph. 6:12). See GAMES.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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