Definition of Grappling iron

1. Noun. A tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope.

Exact synonyms: Grapnel, Grapple, Grappler, Grappling Hook
Specialized synonyms: Crampon, Crampoon
Terms within: Claw, Hook
Generic synonyms: Tool



Definition of Grappling iron

1. Noun. (nautical) A metal hook, attached to the end of a line, used to hold two ships together. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grappling Iron

grapnel anchor
grapnels
grappa
grappas
grappled
grapplehook
grapplehooks
grapplement
grappler
grapplers
grapples
grappling
grappling hook
grappling iron (current term)
grappling irons
grapplings
grapsoid
grapsoids
graptolite
graptolites
graptolitic
grapy
grasp
grasp all, lose all
grasp at straws
grasp reflex
grasp the nettle
graspable

Literary usage of Grappling iron

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"A mechanical device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, used for grasping or holding something; a grap- ple; a grappling-iron. ..."

2. Bridge Engineering by John Alexander Low Waddell (1916)
"Grab Iron.—Same as "Grab," qv grappling iron.—See "grappling iron." Gray Iron.—A pig iron in which the carbon takes the ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"... I suppose the base harp- to be no other than that which appears in Lat. harpago, a hook, grappling-iron, ..."

4. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1866)
"... or two bights and an end. and this end will be prevented from slipping by the formation of the grappling iron in which the cable will be jammed, ..."

5. An History of Marine Architecture: Including an Enlarged and Progressive by John Charnock (1801)
"... served not only for a- grappling iron, as* the term itself demonstrates, but as a species of catapulta, according to the ancient contrivance, ..."

6. Iron: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Iron and Steel Manufacturers edited by Sholto Percy, Perry Fairfax Nursey (1830)
"The pulley being raised about 2 feet above the window sill, the grappling iron which hangs by the chain, is thrown over, and immediately attaches securely ..."

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