• 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
    • n wrestling the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down
    • n wrestling 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 Wrestling Act of one who wrestles; specif., the sport consisting of the hand-to-hand combat between two unarmed contestants who seek to throw each other.The various styles of wrestling differ in their definition of a fall and in the governing rules. In Greco-Roman wrestling, tripping and taking hold of the legs are forbidden, and a fall is gained (that is, the bout is won), by the contestant who pins both his opponent's shoulders to the ground. In catch-as-catch-can wrestling, all holds are permitted except such as may be barred by mutual consent, and a fall is defined as in Greco-Roman style. Lancashire style wrestling is essentially the same as catch-as-catch-can. In Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling the contestants stand chest to chest, grasping each other around the body. The one first losing his hold, or touching the ground with any part of his body except his feet, loses the bout. If both fall to the ground at the same time, it is a dogfall, and must be wrestled over. In the Cornwall and Devon wrestling, the wrestlers complete in strong loose linen jackets, catching hold of the jacket, or anywhere above the waist. Two shoulders and one hip, or two hips and one shoulder, must touch the ground to constitute a fall, and if a man is thrown otherwise than on his back the contestants get upon their feet and the bout recommences.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling
    • n wrestling The act of trying to throw another person to the ground; the act of two persons contending which shall throw the other to the ground and overpower him. Wrestling, as a game subject to special rules, is of great antiquity. It was held in high esteem by the Greeks, and their youth were taught it by special masters as part of the public education. In its highest and simplest form it was the fifth of the five tests of the pentathlon. In this contest the wrestlers wrestled standing and naked, any hold being allowed, and three falls constituting victory. Wrestling, in combination with boxing, formed the arduous and dangerous contest known as the pancratium—a contest much more resembling a fight to a finish than an athletic contest. A third form of wrestling, which does not seem to have come down to modern times, consisted in interlocking the fingers, pushing the palms of the hands together, and twisting the joints and wrists, without the assistance of any other member or of any hold of the body. The highest and purest form of Greek wrestling does not appear to have been transplanted to Rome, although the more contentious and cruel pancratium—a sport more nearly allied to the Roman gladiatorial spirit—was introduced there by Caligula, and became very popular.
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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
    • Wrestling the sport or exercise of two persons struggling to throw each other to the ground in an athletic contest governed by certain fixed rules—catch-hold, ground-wrestling, catch-as-catch-can, back-hold, &c
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrǽstlian; a freq. of wrǽstan, to wrest.


In literature:

He fell to wrestling with the chapmen, and they mostly got worsted at his hands.
"The Story Of Gunnlaug The Worm-Tongue And Raven The Skald" by Anonymous
Shall it be with swords or by wrestling?
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
In vain she wrestles with her feelings, invoking the Allmighty's help to do what is right.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
There indeed before my eyes was a veritable wrestle with death for their own lives and those of the wrecked vessel's crew.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Then began a wrestling match in earnest between Thor and the ancient crone Ellie.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The men delighted especially in wrestling.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was plainly wrestling with a problem that distressed him very much.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Her mother's first husband was thrown to his death in a wrestling match.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
He had to wrestle with himself not to take her in his arms and comfort her.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
All fought, quarrelled, talked, and wrestled with the Devil.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies

In poetry:

And while we wrestle and strive,
My master, the miller, stands
And feeds me with his hands;
For he knows who makes him thrive,
Who makes him lord of lands.
"Ultima Thule: The Windmill" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Faithful and patient be my life as thine;
As strong to wrestle with the storms of time;
As deeply rooted in a soil of love;
As grandly rising to the heavens above.
"The Oak On The Mountain’s Summit" by Mary Baker Eddy
They marched the body to squire and priest,
They lowered it sad to earth:
The priest they gave the burial dole,
Bade wrestle hourly for his soul,
Who was a lord of worth.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
To the still wrestlings of the lonely heart
He doth impart
The virtue of his midnight agony,
When none was nigh,
Save God and one good angel, to assuage
The tempest's rage.
"Wednesday Before Easter" by John Keble
All now is darkness; and in that deep stillness
The God-man wrestles with that mighty woe;
Hark to that cry, the rock of ages rending,—
"'T is finished!" Mother, all is glory now!
""Mary At The Cross"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Come, O thou Traveller unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see;
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with thee;
With thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.
"Wrestling Jacob" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, right, wrestles down wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Football, wrestling take Baltimore's Barrett brothers out West.
Match #2 Teddy Croft (Popeye Wrestling Club) over Tosh Robinson (Juneau Youth Wrestling Club) Fall 0:23.
Cub Scout 's Mother Wrestles With Gay Ban.
Kristoffer Diaz's Play About Professional Wrestling.
Pro wrestling seems like a perfect target for a comedy.
Wrestling Mocs hope to boost football.
UTC wrestling opens season against Old Dominion.
Wrestling is big here, but inexperience abounds.
TRAFALGAR With seniors Ethan Raley and Trey Reese out on senior night, the Indian Creek High School wrestling team, a team that includes eight freshmen, dropped a 42-36 meet with B.
Charles Krupa / The Associated Press Republican candidate for US Senate Linda McMahon, a former wrestling executive, waves to supporters during her campaign party Tuesday night after winning the Republican primary in Cromwell, Conn.
The Basehor-Linwood High School wrestling room is greener than normal this year.
World Wrestling Entertainment (nyse: WWE - news - people ) admits that it cannot back up its oft-repeated claims that Chairman Vince McMahon is worth $1 billion.
Wrestle With Pigs And You Are Going To Get Dirty (No Matter How Clean YOU Think YOUR Dirt Is).
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will hold its "Wrestle-4-Life" blood drive and clinic on Saturday, Sept 15, in Maclellan Gym.

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