Monday, November 21, 2016

Word of the day: grapnel

The word of the day is grapnel:
  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.
1373, Anglo-Fr. dim. of O.Fr. grapil "hook," from grape "hook" (see grape).


"Further along the University wall there was a faint clink as a grapnel caught the spikes that lined its top."

 - Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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