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 for grappling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grapple \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.
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     2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join
        indissolubly.
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              The gallies were grappled to the Centurion.
                                                    --Hakluyt.
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              Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
                                                    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grappling \Grap"pling\, n.
     1. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is
        seized and held, a grapnel.
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     2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in
        grappling for the bear. --Dryden.
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     Grappling iron, a hooked iron used for grappling and
        holding fast a vessel or other object.
  
     Grappling tongs, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grappling
      n 1: the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had
           a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling
           with the bully" [syn: wrestle, wrestling, grapple,
           grappling, hand-to-hand struggle]
      2: the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed
         contestants who try to throw each other down [syn:
         wrestling, rassling, grappling]

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