Definition of grapple :
1. A grappling iron.
2. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.
3. An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab.
4. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
5. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
6. 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.
fight, issue, roll in the hay, bang, wield, debate, discern, dispense, divvy up, carry on, administer, consider, struggle, fascinate, get it on, have sex, allot, share, screw, make do, bonk, do, get away, argue, bed, clamshell, get out, postulate, grappler, tussle, cover, get laid, sleep with, oversee, matman, love, touch, recognise, grapnel anchor, have a go at it, apportion, transfix, finagle, cut, spot, vie, engage, tell apart, be intimate, recognize, rassling, come, repugn, manage, distribute, carry off, make out, compete, spellbind, escape, contest, fill out, trade, dish out, look at, grappling hook, pull off, superintend, get off, dole out, fill in, hand-to-hand struggle, negociate, conflict, lot, wrestling, lie with, grab, do it, grappling iron, wangle, scuffle, get by, mete out, know, have it away, deal out, make love, sell, fence, handle, neck, contend, sleep together, wrestle, address, shell out, care, distinguish, cope, wrestler, portion out, parcel out, get along, write out, have intercourse, treat, take, complete, eff, pick out, have it off, supervise, jazz, plow, deal, grappling, bring off, fare, conduct, clench, hump, grapnel
fasten (part of speech: verb)
grip (part of speech: verb)
- In addition to this, however, something more was required- something of the nature of a grapple or hook to secure her rope- ladder to the top of the wall. - "The Living Link", James De Mille.
- By pulling on the other end of the rope, Mike slipped the knot so hard and fast that nothing could have moved it from the grapple. - "Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest", Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne.
- Only in the night- time, when sleep mocked me and all hope of escape was futile, was I forced to grapple with this new- born monster of folly. - "The Betrayal", E. Phillips Oppenheim.