Grapnel Definition

grăpnəl
noun
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.
Webster's New World
(nautical) A grappling iron.
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Noun

Singular:
grapnel
Plural:
grapnels

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

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