Grapple

Definition of Grapple

Grap´ple
v. t.1.To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
[imp. & p. p. Grappled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grappling .]
2.To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
- Hakluyt.
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
- Shak.
v. i.1.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 courageously.
And in my standard bear the arms of York,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster.
- Shak.
n.1.A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.
2.(Naut.) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab.
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.

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