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To seize something and hold it firmly
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“Before trying to grapple the projectile, the engineer, Murchison, wished to find out its exact position on the sea-bottom.”
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To fight with someone, typically while attempting to physically unbalance them
“Fanatics rushed him, grasping at his arms and legs, trying to grapple him to the ground.”
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To engage in a fight or contest against
“Two major battles took place in 38 which showed Caesar how ill-prepared he was to grapple with his opponent's fleet, even with Menodorus in his team.”
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To struggle to deal with or overcome (a difficulty or challenge)
“I wanted the film to have a new challenge, to be a new story to grapple with.”
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To engage in a competition or contest
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To succeed, survive, or manage, at least at a minimal level
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To grapple at close quarters, especially (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows
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To feel or move around without the benefit of perfect vision
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To stimulate or excite in a pleasurable way
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To apply great and continuous effort towards work, a task, or a goal
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To agonize over something
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To join or attach together using a hook or hooks
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Plural for an act or way of holding
“Spacewalker Rick Mastracchio has just manually picked up the tank and handed it over to the space station's robotic arm. The arm now has a firm grapple on the tank.”
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Plural for a direct confrontation or competition between (usually two) teams or groups
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“Plainly, this case is one of a grapple between the two Governments which have been contending for the control of the country.”
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Plural for a mechanism for keeping a door, window, lid, or container fastened
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Plural for a mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting
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Plural for the ability to understand something, or the fact of understanding something
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