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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope;
[syn: grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron]

2. a light anchor for small boats;
[syn: grapnel, grapnel anchor]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grapnel \Grap"nel\, n. [OE. grapenel, dim. fr. F. grappin the grapple of a ship; of German origin. See Grape.] (Naut.) 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

grapnel n 1: a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope [syn: grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron] 2: a light anchor for small boats [syn: grapnel, grapnel anchor]