grapnel anchor

grapnel anchor
a light anchor for small boats
Syn: ↑grapnel
Hypernyms: ↑anchor, ↑ground tackle

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grapnel — ► NOUN 1) a grappling hook. 2) a small anchor with several flukes. ORIGIN Old French grapon, related to GRAPE(Cf. ↑grapey) …   English terms dictionary

  • grapnel — [grap′nəl] n. [ME grapnell, dim. < OFr grapin, grapil < Prov < grapa, a hook < Frank * krappo: see GRAPE] a small anchor with usually four or five curved, pointed arms, used for anchoring a small boat, dragging the bottom for objects …   English World dictionary

  • anchor — [n] something used to hold another thing securely ballast, bower, comfort, defense, fastener, foothold, grapnel, grappling iron, grip, hold, hook, kedge, mainstay, mooring, mud hook, pillar, protection, safeguard, security, staff, stay, support;… …   New thesaurus

  • Anchor — For other uses, see Anchor (disambiguation). Ploudalmézeau, anchor of Amoco Cadiz An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the vessel from drifting due to wind or… …   Wikipedia

  • anchor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. berth, slip, buoy, grapnel, kedge; mainstay, safeguard; anchorman, woman, or person. v. cast anchor, moor; fix, attach, fasten; hold fast. See navigation, stability, communication, connection. II… …   English dictionary for students

  • anchor — Synonyms and related words: Baldt anchor, Navy anchor, Northill anchor, affix, anchorage, annex, attach, batten, batten down, belay, berth, billet at, bind, bivouac, bower, bridle, burrow, camp, cast anchor, catch, cement, chain, cinch, clamp,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • anchor — n 1. mooring, ground tackle, kedge, grapnel, grappling iron, killick; mushroom anchor, stockless anchor. 2. safeguard, mainstay, security, protection, support, strength, defense; prop, pillar, staff; refuge, asylum, haven, sanctuary. v 3. secure… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • Anchor ice — Ice Ice ([imac]s), n. [OE. is, iis, AS. [=i]s; aksin to D. ijs, G. eis, OHG. [=i]s, Icel. [=i]ss, Sw. is, Dan. iis, and perh. to E. iron.] 1. Water or other fluid frozen or reduced to the solid state by cold; frozen water. It is a white or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grapnel — /grap nl/, 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 …   Universalium

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