Meaning of grapple

grap•ple

Pronunciation: (grap'ul), [key]
— v., n. -pled, -pling,
—v.i.
  1. to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
  2. to use a grapple.
  3. to seize another, or each other, in a firm grip, as in wrestling; clinch.
  4. to engage in a struggle or close encounter (usually fol. by with): He was grappling with a boy twice his size.
  5. to try to overcome or deal (usually fol. by with): to grapple with a problem.
—v.t.
  1. to seize, hold, or fasten with or as with a grapple.
  2. to seize in a grip, take hold of: The thug grappled him around the neck.
—n.
  1. a hook or an iron instrument by which one thing, as a ship, fastens onto another; grapnel.
  2. a seizing or gripping.
  3. a grip or close hold in wrestling or hand-to-hand fighting.
  4. a close, hand-to-hand fight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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