What does grapple mean?

Definitions for grappleˈgræp əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word grapple.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron(noun)

    a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

  2. clamshell, grapple(noun)

    a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam

  3. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle(verb)

    the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

    "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

  4. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage(verb)

    come to terms with

    "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

  5. grapple, grip(verb)

    to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

    "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grapple(verb)

    to seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist

  2. Grapple(verb)

    to fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly

  3. Grapple(verb)

    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

  4. Grapple(verb)

    a seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold

  5. Grapple(verb)

    an instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab

  6. Grapple(verb)

    a grappling iron

  7. Origin: [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]


  1. Grapple

    Grapple is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He was a regular character in the original The Transformers animated series, voiced by Pete Renaday. Due to trademark issues, newer toys of this character are named Autobot Grapple or spelled Grappel by Hasbro.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grapple

    grap′l, v.t. to seize: to lay fast hold of.—v.i. to contend in close fight.—ns. Grapp′lement (Spens.), a grappling, close fight; Grapp′ling-ī′ron, a large grapnel for seizing hostile ships in naval engagements. [O. Fr. grappilgrappe, a hook.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grapple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grapple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrew Coburn:

    They've been writing relatively low limits, it's an issue that the insurance industry needs to grapple with.

  2. Anne-Sophie Swetchine:

    Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

  3. Gibbs Knotts:

    There have been calls recently saying we have gone too far in hailing the Confederate history. we have to grapple with the past and what it means going forward.

  4. Richard Feynman:

    We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

  5. Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

    As we move into summer, many areas of the state are going to dry out very quickly, likely leading to a difficult fire season as well as water shortages, we need our state, local and federal partners to be prepared as our communities grapple with hot and dry conditions.

Images & Illustrations of grapple

  1. grapplegrapplegrapple

Translations for grapple

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • auseinandersetzen, kämpfen, ergreifen, packen, herumschlagen, ringenGerman
  • lucharSpanish
  • grappin, combat, lutte, abordageFrench
  • rampino, stretta, raffio, lotta, presaItalian
  • whātōtō, nōnoke, nōnoketangaMāori
  • entering, enterhaak, worstelingDutch
  • 格鬥Chinese

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