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pawl

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noun \ˈpȯl\

Definition of pawl

  1. :  a pivoted tongue or sliding bolt on one part of a machine that is adapted to fall into notches or interdental spaces on another part so as to permit motion in only one direction



Origin and Etymology of pawl

perhaps modification of Dutch pal pawl


First Known Use: 1730

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