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maul

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noun \ˈmȯl\

Definition of maul

  1. :  a heavy often wooden-headed hammer used especially for driving wedges; also :  a tool like a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood

Recent Examples of maul from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of maul

Middle English malle mace, maul, from Anglo-French mail, from Latin malleus; akin to Old Church Slavonic mlatŭ hammer, Latin molere to grind — more at meal

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maul

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Definition of maul

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  beat, bruise

  3. 2 :  mangle 1

  4. 3 :  to handle roughly

mauler

noun

Examples of maul in a Sentence

  1. A bear killed one hiker and badly mauled the other.

  2. demonstrators who claimed that they had been mauled by the police

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Origin and Etymology of maul

see 1maul


MAUL Defined for English Language Learners

maul

verb

Definition of maul for English Language Learners

  • : to attack and injure (someone) in a way that cuts or tears skin : to attack (someone) and cause a bloody injury

  • : to touch or handle (someone) in a rough sexual way


MAUL Defined for Kids

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maul

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noun \ˈmȯl\

Definition of maul for Students

  1. 1 :  a heavy hammer used especially for driving wedges or posts

  2. 2 :  a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood


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maul

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verb

Definition of maul for Students

mauled

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mauling

  1. 1 :  to attack and injure by biting, cutting, or tearing flesh Not wishing to be mauled by the dogs … Curly had remained outside the gate … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

  2. 2 :  to handle roughly



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