pawl

noun \ ˈpȯl \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of pawl

perhaps modification of Dutch pal pawl

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