maul

noun
\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce maul (audio) \

Definition of maul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

maul

verb
mauled; mauling; mauls

Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

3 : to handle roughly

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Other Words from maul

Verb

mauler noun

Examples of maul in a Sentence

Verb A bear killed one hiker and badly mauled the other. demonstrators who claimed that they had been mauled by the police
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than just the maul, the English had a dominant scrum and lineout, and also used a pinpoint kicking game to break down the Americans and open them up for England’s backs to run through in the second half. Gerald Imray, Houston Chronicle, "England downs US at Rugby World Cup," 26 Sep. 2019 Milton worked the ball into the offensive zone pretty steadily and scored on mauls near the goal line. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "A perfect finish for Milton boys’ rugby: back-to-back D2 champs," 22 June 2019 Each time a beam was laid down, Ole laid down caulking and then drove in big metal spikes with a maul to hold the timbers together. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Sparta's Grapevine Log Cabins, a bed and breakfast comes with a side of a working dairy farm," 23 Feb. 2018 Police also found a sock that the killer may have used when holding the maul. USA TODAY, "For sale: New York home where unsolved ax murder took place," 29 Sep. 2017 The ax and a maul, used for splitting wood, were found in the home. USA TODAY, "For sale: New York home where unsolved ax murder took place," 29 Sep. 2017 Paylor’s injury occurred during a maul, according to the Mercury News, which is when a group of players crunches together to create forward momentum on the player with the ball, while their opponents bind similarly and push back. Marissa Payne, The Denver Post, "Cal-Berkeley rugby player paralyzed after accident in national championship game," 11 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb They’re being mauled by an economy that feeds on technology, wipes out low-skill jobs with automation and holds down wages. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Poverty, poor schools go hand in hand," 3 Oct. 2019 Hernandez's death happened four years after Xavier Strickland, 4, was mauled to death by three dogs. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 Twenty nine cats were mauled to death by pit bulls at the Dothan Animal Shelter, city officials said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "29 cats mauled to death by pit bulls at Alabama animal shelter," 26 July 2019 Lions mauled: Raiders hold on to beat Detroit, 31-24, on Sunday. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A $2.5 billion housing remedy," 4 Nov. 2019 This month, police said two mixed-breed American bulldogs mauled two men in Prince George's, dragging a 72-year-old man from a bus stop and forcing the second victim to climb atop a parked car to try to escape. Rachel Chason, chicagotribune.com, "Amendment restoring pit bull ban in Maryland county approved by council," 25 Oct. 2019 This month, police said two mixed-breed American bulldogs mauled two men in Prince George’s, dragging a 72-year-old man from a bus stop and forcing the second victim to climb atop a parked car to try to escape. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Amendment restoring Prince George’s pit bull ban approved by council," 22 Oct. 2019 Chuck in that mauling at the Bernabeu from Ajax last season, and the recent memory bank is full of disheartening images. SI.com, "Galatasaray v Real Madrid: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 22 Oct. 2019 The damage from the same storm that mauled the Bahamas was mercifully light in many parts of South Carolina and Georgia as well, and by midafternoon many of the 1.5 million people who had been told to evacuate in three states were allowed to return. Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, "Hurricane Dorian sideswipes the coast of the Carolinas, spinning off tornadoes and taking aim at Outer Banks," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of maul

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maul

Noun and Verb

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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The first known use of maul was in the 13th century

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15 Nov 2019

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“Maul.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maulers. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for maul

maul

verb

English Language Learners Definition of maul

: 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

noun
\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce maul (audio) \

Kids Definition of maul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy hammer used especially for driving wedges or posts
2 : a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood

maul

verb
mauled; mauling

Kids Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : to handle roughly

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