grapnel

[ grap-nl ]
/ ˈgræp nl /

noun

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.

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Also called grapeline, grap·lin, grap·line [grap-lin]. /ˈgræp lɪn/.

Origin of grapnel

1325–75; Middle English grapnel(l), diminutive of Old French grapin, diminutive of grape hook, grape
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British Dictionary definitions for grapnel

grapnel
/ (ˈɡræpnəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for grapnel

C14: from Old French grapin a little hook, from grape a hook; see grape
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