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 grapeline, grap•lin, grap•linePronunciation: (grap'lin).[key]