Part of speech: noun

A device for grappling. grapplinglron.

Part of speech: noun

A boat's anchor with many flukes.

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Usage examples "grapnel":

  1. I did not shake the grapnel loose. - "A Jolly Fellowship", 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", 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", John Hunter.