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pawl

noun \ˈpl\

Definition of PAWL

:  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 of PAWL

perhaps modification of Dutch pal pawl
First Known Use: 1730

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, differential, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction

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