Pronunciation: (grap'nl), [key]
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 grapeline, grap•lin, grap•line Pronunciation: (grap'lin). [key]
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