To grapple with, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.

And in my standard bear the arms of York,
To grapple with the house of Lancaster.

(Grap"ple), n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]

1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold. Milton.

2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron.

The iron hooks and grapples keen.

Grapple plant(Bot.), a South African herb (Herpagophytum leptocarpum) having the woody fruits armed with long hooked or barbed thorns by which they adhere to cattle, causing intense annoyance.Grapple shot(Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or to hold in the ground; - - called also anchor shot.

(Grapple*ment) n. A grappling; close fight or embrace. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Grap"pling) n.

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

(Gra*phol"o*gy) n. [Gr. gra`fein to write + - logy: cf. F. graphologie.] The art of judging of a person's character, disposition, and aptitude from his handwriting.

(Graph"o*scope) n. [Gr. gra`fein to write + -scope.] An optical instrument for magnifying engravings, photographs, etc., usually having one large lens and two smaller ones.

(Graph"o*type) n. [Gr. gra`fein to write + -type.] (Engraving) A process for producing a design upon a surface in relief so that it can be printed from. Prepared chalk or oxide of zinc is pressed upon a smooth plate by a hydraulic press, and the design is drawn upon this in a peculiar ink which hardens the surface wherever it is applied. The surface is then carefully rubbed or brushed, leaving the lines in relief.

- graphy
(-gra*phy) [Gr. fr. write. See Graphic.] A suffix denoting the art of writing or describing; also, the writing or description itself; a treatise; as, calligraphy, biography, geography.

(Grap"nel) n. [OE. grapenel, dim. fr. F. grappin the grapple of a ship; of German origin. See Grape.] (Naut.) A small anchor, with four or five flukes or claws, used to hold boats or small vessels; hence, any instrument designed to grapple or hold; a grappling iron; a grab; — written also grapline, and crapnel.

(Grap"ple) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grappled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grappling ] [F. grappiller, OF. graypil the grapple of a ship, fr. graper to pluck, prop., to seize, clutch; of German origin. See Grape.]

1. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.

2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.

The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.

Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.

(Grap"ple), v. i. 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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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