Grapnel meaning

grăp'nəl
(nautical) A grappling iron.
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A small anchor with three or more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a small vessel.
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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.
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(nautical) A small anchor, having more than two flukes, used for anchoring a small vessel.
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Origin of grapnel

  • Middle English grapenel probably ultimately from Old French grapin hook diminutive of grape grape
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman, from Old French grapil, grapin (French grappin).
    From Wiktionary