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  • n. Plural form of grapnel.


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  • I will append one qualification to these observations pertaining to grapnels which is to acknowledge the giant, chain grapnel, and its relative, the grapnel derrick.

    Renegades Of Gor

  • But the next time, so slow is the movement of so large a ship, the mutineers hauled all their lines safely inboard ere they towed aft within striking distance of my grapnels.


  • They learned how to keep their feet on rolling decks, how to climb ratlines in a gale, how to furl and unfurl sail, how to hurl grapnels and board ships and fire blunderbusses.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • What specially interested them was evidently our work at digging holes in the snow for the grapnels.

    The South Pole~ On the Barrier

  • Or cling desperately to ice-sheathed rock overhangs while their manly owner grapnels for pitons with his carabiniers, or whatever.

    In Memoriam.

  • But they had also previous notice, and had been told of the iron grapnels; and they took precautions against this as against all the other devices of the Athenians.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • They covered the prows of their vessels with hides, extending a good way along the upper part of their sides, so that the grapnels might slip and find no hold.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • We have thought of all the changes which are necessary in the construction of our ships, and in order to counteract the thickness of the beams on the enemy's prows, for this did us more mischief than anything else, we have provided iron grapnels, which will prevent any ship striking us from getting off if the marines are quick and do their duty.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • The next stage of search was to have been drags and grapnels: but Ethelberta entered the house.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • His search-party, too, had looked awkward there, having rushed to the task of investigation — some in their shirt sleeves, others in their leather aprons, and all much stained — just as they had come from their work of barking, and not in their Sherton marketing attire; while Creedle, with his ropes and grapnels and air of impending tragedy, had added melancholy to gawkiness.

    The Woodlanders


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