• Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws
    Three kittens, two wrestling and one clasping a ball in its front paws
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wrestle engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate "I wrestled with this decision for years"
    • v wrestle combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force "He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"
    • v wrestle engage in a wrestling match "The children wrestled in the garden"
    • v wrestle to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) "The prisoner writhed in discomfort","The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
    • n wrestle the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat "they had a fierce wrestle","we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hercules Wrestling with Death Hercules Wrestling with Death
Wrestling with a sheep Wrestling with a sheep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1912, a wrestling match in Stockholm between Finn Alfred Asikainen and Russian Martin Klein lasted more than 11 hours. Klein eventually won, but was to tired to participate in the championship match
    • n Wrestle A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle. "Whom in a wrestle the giant catching aloft, with a terrible hug broke three of his ribs."
    • Wrestle Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend. "Come, wrestle with thy affections.""We wrestle not against flesh and blood.""Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled ."
    • Wrestle To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully. "To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him well.""Another, by a fall in wrestling , started the end of the clavicle from the sternum."
    • v. t Wrestle To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling
    • wrestle l. To twist or wind about; especially, to writhe; wriggle; squirm; struggle, as with the limbs.
    • wrestle To struggle in a hand-to-hand contest; strive, as for some advantage or for mastery, with bodily strength and adroitness; specifically, to struggle, as two persons striving to throw each other to the ground, especially in a contest governed by certain fixed rules.
    • wrestle To contend in any way, as in a struggle for mastery; maintain opposition or resistance, especially against a moral foe or force; strive.
    • wrestle To deal, as with a troublesome duty; apply one's self vigorously; grapple: as, to wrestle with a knotty problem; to wrestle with a distasteful task.
    • wrestle Hence, to devote one's self earnestly to prayer; pray.
    • wrestle To contend with in wrestling: as, I will wrestle you for so much.
    • wrestle On a cattle-range, to throw for the purpose of branding, as an animal.
    • n wrestle A bout at wrestling; a wrestling-match.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When telephone companies first began hiring telephone operators, they chose teenage boys for the job. They switched to women because the teenage boys were wrestling instead of working and pulling pranks on callers
    • v.i Wrestle res′l to contend by grappling and trying to throw the other down: to struggle: to apply one's self keenly to:
    • v.t Wrestle to contend with in wrestling
    • n Wrestle a bout at wrestling: a struggle between two to throw each other down
    • v.i Wrestle res′l (Scot.) to pray earnestly
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  • Richard Holmes
    Richard Holmes
    “A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle.”
  • Latvian Proverb
    Latvian Proverb
    “Never wrestle with a strong man nor bring a rich man to court.”
  • George Eliot
    “She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.”
  • Euripides
    “Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.”
  • Robert Strauss
    Robert Strauss
    “It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wrstlian, freq. of wrstan, to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen, to wrestle,. See Wrest (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrǽstlian; a freq. of wrǽstan, to wrest.


In literature:

Seeing Grettir she rushed at him, but he closed with her, and there was a terrible wrestling match.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
It was the devil with which he had to wrestle.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
It is nonsense to pretend that the insight of philosophers and the energy of artists help us very greatly in this bleak wrestling.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Familiar with squalor, and hospitable to vulgarity, his mind was yet tenanted by sorrow, a place of midnight wrestlings.
"Stephen Arnold Douglas" by William Garrott Brown
This was proved one day when we wrestled down in the calves' meadow.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Through the remainder of that cloudless night she wrestled silently.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Wrestling is the chief indigenous athletic exercise of India.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
In vain Uncle Jem wrestled with it, as he lay through long, patient hours.
"Judith Lynn" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
He wrestled his black silk gown over his head and threw it off.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He excelled in running, wrestling, leaping, and throwing the bar, sports that were popular at that time.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer

In poetry:

For Robin already let him see
He should beat his playmates all
At wrestling, running, and archery,
Yet he cared not for a fall.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Upon some distant hill. Theirs be the meed
Which song
Gives unto those who wrestle on with deed,
And high endeavour for the end of wrong.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
And I bowed my head in the shadows,
To wrestle and fight with despair,
Till I knew by the light around me,
That the Master Himself was there.
"I Was Alone With The Master" by Alexander Anderson
An oak-tree wrestling on the hill,
And the wind wailing in the grass--
And life will strive with many an ill
For many a weary day ere it pass--
"The Rain It Raineth" by Thomas MacDonagh
They sped by an open window,
Where one knelt all alone,
In great amaze, in greater grief,
In woe that wrestled with belief,
The Mother mourned her Son.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
"Thou shalt have to wrestle with passions
Far deeper and stronger than theirs;
If thou fallest thine is the burden
And the deep, long shame that it bears.
"The Poet's Choice" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Like "table tennis" or "thumb wrestling," it promises great activity in a very small space.
Emma Zuccotti, center, wrestled this monster bluefish out of Gardiner's Bay over the weekend.
Fresh­man Deaken McCoy of the Galion High School var­sity wrestling team puts the squeeze on Ashland's Zac Ben­ner dur­ing Wednes­day evening's meet against Ash­land at the high school.
Wrestling with a destiny of dryness .
I always had great Eck -spectations for my best pal and Dundalk wrestling hero Kevin Eck .
Deep inside, Leonard Cohen wrestles with a restless soul.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is an integrated media organization with a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to a worldwide audience.
Shenendehowa takes Union- Endicott Duals, wrestling round-up for weekend of Jan 7.
Posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am by Ben Meyers in General, Wrestling.
Hulk Hogan at wrestling event.
Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan was at Speaking Rock Casino and Entertainment Center Thursday night.
For the first time ever, the three Bullitt County high schools have had the opportunity to compete on the same mats in dual wrestling matches.
With the first two weeks of official practice in the books, Patterson High wrestling coach Lee Sc.
Wrestling with Jane Jacobs .
Jello wrestling at Rock & Tattoo Expo.

In science:

In the last few decades, as the philosophy of physics has flourished, philosophers have increasingly wrestled with the significance of gauge freedom and what Michael Redhead has called “surplus structure” [Redhead, 1975, 1980, 2003], a part of the formal structure without any claimed referent in the world.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
This might even impinge on mathematics — as when the Pythagoreans wrestled with the ontology of irrational numbers.
Definability in the Real Universe
Thus, snakes wrestle with each other instead of biting, and mule deer crash or put antlers against antlers, but do not hurt the unprotected side of the partner.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The World Wide Study of Physics and Detectors for Future Linear Colliders has wrestled with these challenges for more than a decade, advancing the technologies needed for ILC detectors.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
Wrestling with these questions induces considerable frustration in researchers.
Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Autonomy and Interaction in a Model of Sentence Processing