pawl

noun
\ 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 transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 The transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway. Detroit Free Press, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

23 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Pawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pawl. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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