Definition of Grappling

1. Noun. The act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat. "We watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

Exact synonyms: Grapple, Hand-to-hand Struggle, Wrestle, Wrestling
Generic synonyms: Struggle
Derivative terms: Grapple, Grapple, Wrestle, Wrestle



2. Noun. The sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down.
Exact synonyms: Rassling, Wrestling
Generic synonyms: Contact Sport
Specialized synonyms: Flying Mare, Greco-roman Wrestling, Professional Wrestling, Sumo
Terms within: Wrestling Hold
Examples of category: Full Nelson, Takedown
Derivative terms: Grapple, Wrestle

Definition of Grappling

1. n. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is seized and held, a grapnel.

Definition of Grappling

1. Verb. (present participle of grapple) ¹

2. Noun. (context: gerund of grapple) An act in which something is grappled or grappled with ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grappling

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grappling

graplines
graplins
grapnel anchor
grapnels
grappa
grappas
grappled
grapplehook
grapplehooks
grapplement
grappler
grapplers
grapples
grappling (current term)
grappling hook
grappling iron
grappling irons
grapplings
grapsoid
grapsoids
graptolite
graptolites
graptolitic
grapy
grasp
grasp all, lose all
grasp at straws
grasp reflex

Literary usage of Grappling

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"A grappling-iron, used to seize and hold one ship to another m engagements ... Also called grappling. To grapple With, to contend with in close contest, ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"... he has been grappling with these momentous problems, and here we have the maturest processes and results of all his thinking and of his life's ..."

3. Same Bed, Different Dreams: America and Japan-Societies in Transition by Alan D. Romberg, Tadashi Yamamoto (1990)
"... UNITED STATES AND JAPAN grappling WITH THE FUTURE Alan D. Romberg The United States and Japan are both grappling with changing realities to define their ..."

4. The New York Times Current History (1918)
"grappling With the Submarine Peril Address by Sir Eric Geddes First Lord of the British Admiralty Sir Eric Geddes signalized his entrance into the duties of ..."

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