Origin of grapnelMiddle English grapnell, diminutive from Old French grapin, grapil from Provençal from grapa, a hook from Frankish an unverified form krappo: see grape
a small anchor with usually four or five curved, pointed arms, used for anchoring a small boat, dragging the bottom for objects, or grasping and holding fast to something
- A small anchor with three or more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a small vessel. Also called grapple . Also called grappling .
- See grapple .
Origin of grapnelMiddle English grapenel probably ultimately from Old French grapin hook diminutive of grape ; see grape .
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French grapil, grapin (French grappin).
- Using these buoys to guide the direction of tow, a grapnel, a species of fivepronged anchor, attached to a strong compound rope formed of strands of steel and manila, is lowered to the bottom and dragged at a slow speed, as it were ploughing a furrow in the sea bottom, in a line at right angles to the cable route, until the behaviour of the dynamometer shows that the cable is hooked.
- The ship is then stopped, and the cable gradually hove up towards the surface; but in deep water, unless it has been caught near a loose end, the cable will break on the grapnel before it reaches the surface, as the catenary strain on the bight will be greater than it will stand.
- Claude Hawkings ("Erin"), who led the way, made a grapnel fast and was shot down on the mole.
- Bradford ("Orion") got to the top of a derrick with a grapnel, leapt on to the mole, secured it and fell back shot into the water.