1. [syn: grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron]
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.
2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in
grappling for the bear. --Dryden.
Grappling iron, a hooked iron used for grappling and
holding fast a vessel or other object.
Grappling tongs, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and
holding; often thrown with a rope [syn: grapnel,
grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron]