Definition of awl
: a pointed tool for marking surfaces or piercing small holes (as in leather or wood)
Recent Examples of awl from the Web
Guided by evidence from the past, researchers used a stone flake and a bird bone awl to weave rushes into bottles.
The two began to fight, and Fitz-Gordon stabbed the woman several times in the arm and head with the awl, police said.
The woman was parked in a space when Fitz-Gordon walked over and tapped on her window with an awl, a screwdriver-like tool with a sharp point used to make holes in wood, leather or other materials.
Use an awl or pick to catch the end of a piece and pry it up.
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Origin and Etymology of awl
Middle English al, from Old English æl; akin to Old High German āla awl, Sanskrit ārā
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of awl for English Language Learners
: a pointed tool that is used for marking surfaces or for making small holes in leather, wood, etc.
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Definition of awl for Students
: a pointed tool for making small holes (as in leather or wood)
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