grappling iron

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grappling iron a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grappling iron a hooked iron used for grappling and holding fast a vessel or other object.
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Quotations

  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.”

Usage

In literature:

Stand by also with your grappling irons.
"A Middy in Command" by Harry Collingwood
Stand by, fore and aft, with your grappling-irons, and heave as we touch.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
Grappling-irons were thrown on board.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
Grappling-irons secured her, and, led by Roger, the British crew were quickly on her deck.
"The Settlers" by William H. G. Kingston
Grappling-irons were thrown over her bulwarks and into her rigging.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
Springing to the side, the King cut the grappling-irons with a sweep of his sword.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
I could see the grappling-irons which had fastened them together.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
In America, under such circumstances, the relatives of the missing man would send for grappling irons and an undertaker.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
Is the difficulty of pairing in a transversal position the explanation of the long grappling-irons thrown out to a distance?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
At that instant I suddenly arose and threw the grappling iron.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
There was but a yard between the two mighty ships as the first grappling irons were hurled.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Darwin began to put down a grappling iron on the outer side of the reef and to drag up coral.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Litton could not speak; but he threw a look that was like a grappling-iron and Teed came back.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Towards night, the junks let go the grappling-irons, and put out to sea.
"A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas" by Fanny Loviot
The hold of the grappling-irons and other fastenings which kept the two vessels together was therefore, much weakened by the shock.
"The Fatal Cord" by Mayne Reid
It came to the surface soon as touched by the grappling iron, which caught in the loose drapery around it.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
For such things as these are like iron if handled timidly, but brittle as glass if grappled with a strong hand.
"The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere" by Charles de Coster
Among the luggage which I take on board is invariably a large, eight-pronged, iron grapple, with a long coil of rope.
"Jungle Peace" by William Beebe
Grappling-irons, used in a sea-fight.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
One end was furnished with wheels, the other with huge grappling-irons, which they strove to make fast in the vallum.
"The Siege of Norwich Castle" by Matilda Maria Blake
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In poetry:

They drift as wrecks on the tide,
The grappling-irons are plied,
The boarders climb up the side,
The shouts are feeble and few.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXI. -- King Olaf's Deat" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Two ships, by grappling-irons tied,
Fight on, till vict'ry decide;
So our contenders fight most true,
Grappled till Law divides the two.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
Hark to the clang of his iron heel!
Halloo!
He grapples granite with grip of steel;
The mountains echo to his merry peal;
He splinters, and he mounts the ice wall blue;
Halloo! halloo!
"Alpine Hunter's Song" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
That ship had a grapple with three iron spikes, -
It's lowered, and, ha! on a something it strikes!
They haul it aboard with a British "heave-ho!"
And what it has fished the drawing will show.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Hie at him, dogs! one bullet cannot kill a foe so grim;
The God of battles nerve a Man to grapple now with him,--
And straight between his hugging arms I plunge my whetted knife,
Ha -- ha! it splits his iron heart, and drinks the ruddy life!
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper