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a. An iron shaft with claws at one end, usually thrown by a rope and used for grasping and holding, especially one for drawing and holding an enemy ship alongside. Also called grapnel, grappling, grappling hook, grappling iron.
b. See grapnel.
2. Any of various grasping devices having hinged tines or jaws that close around an object or load, used especially in lifting or dragging heavy items.
3. The act of grappling.
a. A struggle or contest in which the participants attempt to wrestle with each other by clutching or gripping.
b. A struggle for superiority or dominance.
v. grap·pled, grap·pling, grap·ples
1. To seize and hold with a grapple: grappled the prow of the ship.
2. To seize firmly with the hands: "Jules ... grappled the backpack chained over the back of Izzy's bike and began scrabbling through it" (Bella Bathurst).
1. To hold onto something with a grapple: "The 150-odd ships closed and grappled, initiating the most important naval battle of the Hundred Years' War" (Clifford J. Rogers).
2. To use a grapple or similar device, as for dragging.
a. To wrestle with an opponent by clutching or gripping.
b. To struggle or work hard to deal with something: grappled with their consciences; grapple with the political realities of our time.

[Middle English grapel, from Old French grapil, diminutive of grape, hook; see grape.]

grap′pler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grappler - combatant who tries to throw opponent to the groundgrappler - combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground
bantamweight - weighs 115-126 pounds
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper - someone who fights (or is fighting)
featherweight - weighs 126-139 pounds
flyweight - weighs no more than 115 pounds
heavyweight - a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds
light heavyweight - a wrestler who weighs 192-214 pounds
lightweight - a wrestler who weighs 139-154 pounds
middleweight - a wrestler who weighs 172-192 pounds
sumo wrestler - a wrestler who participates in sumo (a Japanese form of wrestling); "sumo wrestlers are large heavy men"
welterweight - a wrestler who weighs 154-172 pounds
2.grappler - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holdinggrappler - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
crampon, crampoon - a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
claw, hook - a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
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I was at Plymouth dreading to hear of him; he sent in letters, but the Grappler was under orders for Portsmouth.
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Rourke, 56, had faced the professional grappler earlier this month at the WWE's Wrestlemania 25 in Houston, Texas, following a bitter and public war of words with Jericho.
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The grappler from Najafgarh has raised the profile of the sport in the country with a bronze at the Beijing Olympics, and the expectations from Indian wrestlers have also risen in the past four years.
The 12-person only MMA masterclass was attended by selected fighters from across Northern Ireland and was a rare chance to get to train with the man who is classed as the best grappler in the world.
And the accident and emergency medic also uses his skills to ease his grappler pals' aches and pains.
He is the son of famous Warwickshire wrestler-turned-businessman Tony "Banger" Walsh, and has been a grappler since his teens.
The 66- kg grappler himself will carry the weight of expectations of winning gold this time.