What does grappling mean?

Definitions for grappling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle(noun)

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

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

  2. wrestling, rassling, grappling(noun)

    the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down


  1. grappling(Noun)

    An act in which something is grappled or grappled with

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grappling

    of Grapple

  2. Grappling(noun)

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

  3. Grappling(noun)

    a grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear


  1. Grappling

    Grappling refers to techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage, such as improving relative position, escaping, submitting, or injury to the opponent. Grappling is a general term that covers techniques used in many disciplines, styles and martial arts that are practiced both as combat sports and for self defense. Grappling does not include striking or most commonly the use of weapons. However, some fighting styles or martial arts known especially for their grappling techniques teach tactics that include strikes and weapons either alongside grappling or combined with it.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grappling

    A laying fast hold of; also, that by which anything is seized and held.

How to pronounce grappling?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say grappling in sign language?

  1. grappling


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grappling in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grappling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of grappling in a Sentence

  1. Mark Zuckerberg:

    I don't think that people overall would want companies to have so much unilateral authority to make decisions over speech and elections and privacy, i think the big question that we need to answer is : what is the right framework, whether it's regulation or industry bodies, that will enable us to solve the specific issues we're grappling with ?

  2. Erin Batchelder:

    That's what I'm grappling with right now, especially with my best friend making that shift, a lot of women at Smith are making that shift.

  3. Chief Executive Anders Runevad:

    This is a more market-oriented approach, there is a different logic now that we get into an auction market. The EnVentus platform, the first new Vestas platform since 2011, will offer customers more flexibility than The EnVentus platform existing 2 megawatt( MW) and 4 MW platforms, Vestas said. The company is also launching new V150-5.6 MW and V162-5.6 MW turbines to run on The EnVentus platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will be built from standardised modules that fit other turbines rather than from parts that only fit one platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will make manufacturing, servicing and upgrading New EnVentus-based turbines simpler, Vestas said. Vestas, whose main rivals are General Electric( GE.N) and Siemens Gamesa( SGREN.MC), last month became the first to install 100 gigawatts of capacity globally. The wind power industry has been grappling with reduced subsidies in recent years and governments seeking more competitive contract tenders, increasing pressure on suppliers, turbine makers and wind farm developers to reduce costs.

  4. Louis Gifford:

    Pain is multidimensional, and so should management be, that is what we are grappling with and it is not at all easy at present, but it will be before long. Important changes take time to integrate and get right. Things are changing for the better and the physiotherapy profession in this country stands to gain a great deal of respect for the way in which it is taking on this material. Patients and society should also benefit, and as Gordon Waddell (1998) powerfully points out, if medicine can create a low back pain disability epidemic, then it can also reverse it.”

  5. Elizabeth Lusskin:

    This is a rapidly growing area, these are real issues that exist in cities everywhere, it's nothing new. ... We need to have a healthy mixed income city, and that's something lots of people are grappling with.

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