What does the word grapnel mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A device for grappling. grapplinglron.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A boat's anchor with many flukes.

Usage examples for grapnel

  1. I did not shake the grapnel loose. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  2. Malcolm shifted the grapnel so that it caught only on the edge of the parapet and could be shaken off from below when the strain on the rope was removed, then he slid down to Ronald's side. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  3. The boats grapnel was left in the road, and being hooked in the rocks, we never could clear it. – An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island by John Hunter