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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. [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]