Definition of grapnel in English:

grapnel

Syllabification: grap·nel
Pronunciation: /ˈgrapnəl
 
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noun

  • 1A grappling hook.
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    • This entails digging down around the mine so that a grapnel can be attached and the mine pulled out of the ground my men under cover.
    • Instantly dazzled, I scurry along to the top of a bed at the very end, by the corner, where a petrol lamp jingles unnoticed from a ceiling grapnel.
    • Several grapnels were hurled onto the deck from the patrol boat, latching onto to side rails and other parts of the hull.
  • 1.1A small anchor with several flukes.
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    • To ensure that the shotline remains in one place, a folding grapnel anchor of the type commonly used by small boats in areas where a sand anchor will not hold is ideal.
    • In fact, as Tendron threw grapnels across and boarded the ship, he was welcomed by a committee which included Redwing and Princess Jenaryn.
    • This proved invaluable for accurately plotting the outline of the wreck and positioning our grapnel line exactly where we wanted it.

Origin

late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French diminutive of Old French grapon, of Germanic origin.

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