grapnel

Definitions of grapnel
1

n a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

Synonyms:
grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
Types:
crampon, crampoon
a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

n a light anchor for small boats

Synonyms:
grapnel anchor
Type of:
anchor, ground tackle
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

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