Definition of Grapnel

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

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

2. Noun. A light anchor for small boats.
Exact synonyms: Grapnel Anchor
Generic synonyms: Anchor, Ground Tackle

Definition of Grapnel

1. n. A small anchor, with four or five flukes or claws, used to hold boats or small vessels; hence, any instrument designed to grapple or hold; a grappling iron; a grab; -- written also grapline, and crapnel.

Definition of Grapnel

1. Noun. (nautical) A small anchor, having more than two flukes, used for anchoring a small vessel. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A grappling iron. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grapnel

1. a type of anchor [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grapnel

graphospasms
graphotype
graphotypes
graphs
grapier
grapiest
grapiness
grapinesses
graping
graple
graples
graplin
grapline
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graplins
grapnel anchor
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grappa
grappas
grappled
grapplehook
grapplehooks
grapplement
grappler
grapplers
grapples
grappling
grappling hook

Literary usage of Grapnel

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1. Spons' Dictionary of Engineering, Civil, Mechanical, Military, and Naval by Edward Spon, Oliver Byrne (1874)
"The strain of the grapnel- rope was divided thus between four spur-wheels, and the pitch of these was only 4 in. ; although in the paying-out machine, ..."

2. Mining: An Elementary Treatise on the Getting of Minerals by Arnold Lupton (1904)
"In case the rods should break, a grapnel is used to extract the portion remaining in the hole. Fig. 75 (9) shows a simple kind ..."

3. Journal of the Society of Telegraph Engineers and of Electricians: Including (1883)
"In many cases, therefore, the grapnel will travel ... whereas, should the engineer be advised of the cable's presence on the grapnel, the break wu probably ..."

4. Reports of the Committee on Electrical Standards Appointed by the British by William Thomson Kelvin, James Prescott Joule, James Clerk Maxwell (1873)
"The grapnel of the first ship should be a holding- grapnel, ... The second ship should have a cutting-grapnel, of which models were also shown, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"After thia a canoe was left fixed to a grapnel In the middle of the harbour. Ang√≥n, Voyage Round the World, ii. 13. grapnel-plant (grap'nel-plant), я. ..."

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