Meaning of grapnel

grap•nel

Pronunciation: (grap'nl), [key]
— n.
  1. a device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, for grasping or holding something; grapple; grappling iron.
  2. a small anchor with three or more flukes, used for grappling or dragging or for anchoring a small boat, as a skiff. Also called
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