(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): grapnel, grappler

Definition categories: man–made, tool

2. a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam

Similar word(s): clamshell

Definition categories: man–made

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

- we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully

Similar word(s): grappling, wrestle, wrestling

Definition categories: act, struggle


1. succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available

Similar word(s): contend, cope, deal, manage

Definition categories: social, act, move

2. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

- the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

Similar word(s): grip

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize