\ ˈpȯl How to pronounce pawl (audio) \

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

Examples of pawl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem is with the latch pawl's spring-tab design. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 250,000 Fiesta, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ Cars for Faulty Door Latch," 25 Mar. 2020 Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. NBC News, "Ford recalls 550K vehicles because seat back may fail," 30 Aug. 2019 That jams the transmission’s parking pawl against its ratchet mechanism. Ray Magliozzi,, "Weighing the pros and cons of using the parking brake," 29 June 2018 Also on Friday, Ford issued a safety recall for 161 vehicles in North America that could be missing a roll pin that attaches the park pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case. Jaclyn Cosgrove,, "Ford is recalling 350,000 trucks and SUVs that might move when gear shift is in 'park'," 6 Apr. 2018 Picture a complex spine under the fish’s eye that operates like a ratchet and pawl, laterally locking into place like two sharp arms. Troy Farah, Smithsonian, "Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?," 29 Mar. 2018 As the line paid out, the level wind pawl traversed the face of the reel, once, twice, and stopped just shy of the third, about 30 feet down. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Solitude, big rainbows are the reward for trekking to Kenai refuge’s wilderness lakes," 9 Jan. 2018 Inside are Duragear brass gears and Eversilk coated pinion shaft and pawl, and there's even a lube port to keep things running smoothly. Wes Coast,, "Six baitcasting reels under $200, perfect for South Louisiana," 12 July 2017 Ratcheting screwdrivers contain a gear-and-pawl mechanism that isolates the handle from the stem, allowing you to turn the screw many times without having to reposition your hand. Michelle Higgins, New York Times, "The Starter Tool Kit," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of pawl

1730, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pawl

perhaps modification of Dutch pal pawl

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“Pawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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