grapnel definition

  • noun:
    • Nautical a little anchor with three or even more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a little vessel. Also known as grapple, grappling.
    • See grapple.
    • A small anchor, having above two flukes, used for anchoring a small vessel.
    • A grappling metal.
    • a little anchor, with four to five flukes or claws, familiar with hold ships or little vessels; hence, any instrument designed to grapple or hold; a grappling metal; a grab; -- written also grapline, and crapnel.
    • A mechanical unit consisting essentially of 1 or even more hooks or clamps, useful for grasping or keeping anything; a grapple; a grappling-iron.
    • Specifically A grappling-iron, always seize and hold one ship to a different in involvements preparatory to boarding. Also referred to as grappling.
    • A boat's anchor having from three to six flukes placed at equal distances in regards to the end regarding the shank. In addition grapline.
    • some sort of heavy tongs employed for hauling logs, stones, etc.
    • A device for grasping or taking your hands on something not usually workable or available, in terms of gripping and recovering tools in a bored really, for raising the core kept by a diamond exercise, for seizing a submarine telegraph-cable which needs fixes, etc.
    • something comprising a few hooks for grasping and holding; frequently tossed with a rope
    • a light anchor for little boats

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