Grapple shot
Grapple Grap"ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron. [1913 Webster]

The iron hooks and grapples keen. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Grapple plant} (Bot.), a South African herb ({Herpagophytum leptocarpum}) having the woody fruits armed with long hooked or barbed thorns by which they adhere to cattle, causing intense annoyance.

{Grapple shot} (Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or to hold in the ground; -- called also {anchor shot}. [1913 Webster]


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  • grapple shot — noun : a projectile used in lifesaving that has hinged claws designed to catch in a ship s rigging or to hold in the ground called also anchor shot * * * Naut. a grapnellike projectile fired from a gun and used as a hold for the end of a line in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • grapple shot — Naut. a grapnellike projectile fired from a gun and used as a hold for the end of a line in rescue operations or in kedging. Also called anchor shot. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • Grapple — Grap ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler s hold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab. (b) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grapple plant — Grapple Grap ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler s hold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anchor shot — Grapple Grap ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler s hold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anchor shot — noun 1. : grapple shot 2. or anchor stroke : a shot in billiards made with the object balls anchored * * * Naut. See grapple shot. [1905 10] …   Useful english dictionary

  • anchor shot — Naut. See grapple shot. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Operation Grapple — For the military operation in Bosnia, see Operation Grapple (Yugoslavia). Operation Grapple, and operations Grapple X, Grapple Y and Grapple Z, were the names of British nuclear tests of the hydrogen bomb. They were held 1956 1958 at Malden… …   Wikipedia

  • USS Grapple (ARS-7) — was an Diver class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for coming to the aid of stricken vessels. Grapple (ARS 7) was launched by Basalt Rock Co., Napa, California, 31 December… …   Wikipedia

  • Herpagophytum leptocarpum — Grapple Grap ple, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.] 1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler s hold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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