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grapnel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grapnel  \Grap"nel\,  n.  [OE.  grapenel,  dim.  fr  F.  grappin  the 
  grapple  of  a  ship;  of  German  origin.  See  {Grape}.]  (Naut.) 
  A  small  anchor,  with  four  or  five  flukes  or  claws,  used  to 
  hold  boats  or  small  vessels;  hence  any  instrument  designed 
  to  grapple  or  hold  a  grappling  iron;  a  grab;  --  written  also 
  grapline,  and  crapnel. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grapnel 
  n  1:  a  device  consisting  of  several  hooks  for  grasping  and 
  holding;  often  thrown  with  a  rope  [syn:  {grapple},  {grappler}, 
  {grappling  hook},  {grappling  iron}] 
  2:  a  light  anchor  for  small  boats  [syn:  {grapnel  anchor}] 




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