Grappling Grap"pling, n. 1. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is seized and held, a grapnel. [1913 Webster]

2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Grappling iron}, a hooked iron used for grappling and holding fast a vessel or other object.

{Grappling tongs}, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.