Definitions of grapnel
  1. noun
    a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
    synonyms: grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
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    crampon, crampoon
    a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  2. noun
    a light anchor for small boats
    synonyms: grapnel anchor
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    type of:
    anchor, ground tackle
    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
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