a device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, for grasping or holding something; grapple; grappling iron.
a small anchor with three or more flukes, used for grappling or dragging or for anchoring a small boat, as a skiff.
- Also called grapeline, grap·lin, grap·line [grap-lin]. /ˈgræp lɪn/.
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How to use grapnel in a sentence
(←) n general term for fish net, grapnel dragged along the bottom.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan | John U. Wolff
They slept fairly and, at daybreak, got up the grapnel and hoisted the sail again.Under Wellington's Command | G. A. Henty
Or, by the accidental use of a grapnel, they would chance to fish up some bottles of valuable "bay-oil" from the bottom.
I found landing impracticable and therefore came to a grapnel, in hopes of their coming to us, for we had passed several fires.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
Our grapnel was foul but Providence here assisted us; the fluke broke and we got to our oars and pulled to sea.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
British Dictionary definitions for grapnel
a device with a multiple hook at one end and attached to a rope, which is thrown or hooked over a firm mooring to secure an object attached to the other end of the rope
a light anchor for small boats
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