kevel

noun (1)
kev·​el | \ ˈkevəl \
variants: or cavel \ ˈkav-​ \
plural -s

Definition of kevel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a strong timber, bollard, or cleat (as a cross timber in a bollard or a timber bolted across two stanchions)

kevel

noun (2)
kev·​el | \ ˈkevəl \
plural -s

Definition of kevel (Entry 2 of 3)

kevel

noun (3)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of kevel (Entry 3 of 3)

: a hammer for roughly shaping or breaking stone

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History and Etymology for kevel

Noun (1)

Middle English kevile pin, hasp, peg, from Old North French keville, from Latin clavicula small key

Noun (2)

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kefli stick of wood, kafli cut-off piece, Norwegian kavle, kjevle piece of wood, roller; akin to Old Frisian kavelia to cast lots, Middle Dutch kavele piece of wood for casting lots, Lithuanian žabas branch, bunch of twigs

Noun (3)

Middle English kevell

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“Kevel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kevel. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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