pawl
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pɔːl/
  • (Canada) IPA: /pɑl/
Noun

pawl (plural pawls)

  1. A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
    • 1994, Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing:
      The nails in the rim of the wheel went ratcheting over the leather pawl and the wheel slowed and came to a stop and the woman turned to the crowd and smiled.
  2. A similar device to prevent motion in other mechanisms besides ratchets.
Translations Verb

pawl (pawls, present participle pawling; past and past participle pawled)

  1. (transitive) To stop with a pawl.



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