from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A small anchor with three or more flukes, especially one used for anchoring a small vessel. Also called grapple, grappling.
- n. See grapple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small anchor, having more than two flukes, used for anchoring a small vessel.
- n. A grappling iron.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mechanical device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, used for grasping or holding something; a grapple; a grappling-iron.
- n. Specifically A grappling-iron, used to seize and hold one ship to another in engagements preparatory to boarding. Also called grappling.
- n. A boat's anchor having from three to six flukes placed at equal distances about the end of the shank. Also grapline.
- n. A kind of heavy tongs used for hauling logs, stones, etc.
- n. A device for grasping or taking hold of something not otherwise manageable or accessible, as for gripping and recovering tools in a bored well, for raising the core left by a diamond drill, for seizing a submarine telegraph-cable which needs repairs, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
- n. a light anchor for small boats
Middle English grapenel, probably ultimately from Old French grapin, hook, diminutive of grape; see grape.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)