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grapnel

grap·nel

 (grăp′nəl)
n.
1. A small anchor with three or more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a small vessel. Also called grapple, grappling.
2. See grapple.

[Middle English grapenel, probably ultimately from Old French grapin, hook, diminutive of grape; see grape.]

grapnel

(ˈɡræpnəl)
n
1. (Tools) 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
2. (Nautical Terms) a light anchor for small boats
[C14: from Old French grapin a little hook, from grape a hook; see grape]

grap•nel

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(ˈgræp nl)

n.
1. a device consisting of one or more hooks or clamps for grasping or holding; grapple; grappling iron.
2. a small anchor with three or more flukes used for grappling or dragging or for anchoring a small boat.
[1325–75; < Old French grapin, diminutive of grape hook, grape]

grapnel

In naval mine warfare, a device fitted to a mine mooring designed to grapple the sweep wire when the mooring is cut.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grapnel - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holdinggrapnel - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
crampon, crampoon - a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
claw, hook - a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
2.grapnel - a light anchor for small boatsgrapnel - a light anchor for small boats  
anchor, ground tackle - a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
Translations
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grapnel

[ˈgræpnəl] Nrezón m, arpeo m

grapnel

n
(= anchor)(Dregg)anker m, → Draggen m (spec)
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With anxious grapnels I had sounded my pocket, and only brought up a few pieces of silver, --So, wherever you go, Ishmael, said I to myself, as I stood in the middle of a dreary street shouldering my bag, and comparing the gloom towards the north with the darkness towards the south --wherever in your wisdom you may conclude to lodge for the night, my dear Ishmael, be sure to inquire the price, and don't be too particular.
They have also captured dozens of pirates, generally equipped with rudimentary skiffs, ladders and grapnels.
There are at least five pirate mother ships - generally hijacked fishing boats under foreign flags - which tow the speedboats, from which pirates armed with rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and grapnels attack their targets.