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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. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly. [1913 Webster] The gallies were grappled to the Centurion. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster] Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel. --Shak. [1913 Webster]