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1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.

2. An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab.

3. (Science: botany) grapple plant, a projectile, to which are attached hinged claws to catch in a ships rigging or to hold in the ground; called also anchor shot.

See: grapple, and cf. Crapple.

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Virus Questions [Science Fiction]

... need to open the door of science fiction and flesh the race out. Unlike you and I, they wouldn't produce much waste... Instead, they would simply grapple a host and proceed to break their cellular structure down into additional viruses to replace those that have died off through the course of ...

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by Tenebrae
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:43 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... because there was no information or mechanism to shuffle and rearrange. Hence the additional puzzling questions that Biologists are trying to grapple with. How did the information and the machinery come about for gene creation in Eukaryotes? Remember that evolutionary theory posits that prokaryotes ...

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by scottie
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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The Fiber Disease

... may be ~200 nm in diameter (Section 2.1.4), but the smallest virus can be only ~16 nm wide (Section 2.2). Since the work envelopes of adjacent grapples picking particles bound to the hull surface extend 150 nm toward each other from either side, the maximum center-to-center intergrapple separation ...

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by Nadas Moksha
Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:05 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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Synthetic Biology?

... casting about for ways to self-police the field before it really takes off. Leaders in the field have organized a second national conference to grapple with these issues this coming May and the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation in June handed out a $570,000 grant to study the social implications of ...

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by Sabrina
Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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