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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 grap·ple /ˈgræpəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Grap·ple v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grappled p. pr. & vb. n. Grappling ]
 1. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Grap·ple, n.
 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.
 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) Naut. A grappling iron.
    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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding;
           often thrown with a rope [syn: grapnel, grappler, grappling
           hook, grappling iron]
      2: a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam [syn:
      3: the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had
         a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling
         with the bully" [syn: wrestle, wrestling, grappling,
          hand-to-hand struggle]
      v 1: come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just
           a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread
           every day" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do,
            contend, deal, manage]
      2: to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men
         grappled with each other for several minutes" [syn: grip]