grapnel

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grapnel

1. a device with a multiple hook at one end and attached to a rope, which is thrown or hooked over a firm mooring to secure an object attached to the other end of the rope
2. a light anchor for small boats

grapnel

[′grap·nəl]
(design engineering)
An implement with claws used to recover a lost core, drill fittings, and junk from a borehole or for other grappling operations. Also known as grapple.
(naval architecture)
An anchor with four or five hooks used for dragging the bottom or for anchorage.
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NEW DAWN Tony Blair and his wife Cherie celebrate the 1997 victory before entering No10 for the first time grapnels on which Blair and the government are hung - the very doesn't seem cool, half of rate.
Equip the unit with bolt cutters (two per engineer squad), grapnels (three per engineer squad), a lane-marking kit, hand-emplaced explosives (10 per squad per lane), mine detectors, and probes.
The chief drawback to second-story techniques is that they are time-consuming, increase the time soldiers must spend in the open when buildings do not adjoin, and force us to use ladders or grapnels.
While recounting a canoeing accident caused by some faulty grapnels, Turnor maneuvers the committee into the thick of the adventure by concluding that "your Honours have been ill used" (Hearne and Turnor 268).
Iron or Steel Anchors, Grapnels and Parts Thereof (Excluding Masonry Anchors): European Union Market Outlook 2010 and Forecast till 2015
Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, huge budgets and ever-improving coordination, the foreign armada has thwarted many attacks and captured dozens of pirates, generally equipped with rudimentary skiffs, ladders and grapnels.
Detection--using various kinds of equipment, such as probes, types of mine detectors, and grapnels.