verb (used with object)
- to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
- to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.
Origin of gavel1
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Examples from the Web for gavel
One advantage of Inhofe taking the gavel is that he might have to start playing defense.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or maybe show a photo of Ted Cruz holding a gavel chairing a subcommittee.Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You’ll Lose Congress|Dean Obeidallah|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cruz giving a speech in Senate chamber while licking a gavel à la Miley?
After the gavel, comes the chiming of wedding bells …and the ringing of cash registers.
They'd gavel in for a few moments once every couple of days, and then gavel out again.DC Appellate Court Rules Obama's Recess Appointment Unconstitutional|Megan McArdle|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Judge Ledue took the chair, looked around for something to use as a gavel, and rapped sharply with a paperweight.The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper
However, the order of his court must be observed and he signed to Blodgett, who raised his gavel.Lightnin'|Frank Bacon
The chairman raised his hand and rapped with his gavel, and at length he had obtained silence.Coniston, Complete|Winston Churchill
In another minute the president's gavel sounded, and the floor was still as a tomb.Friday, the Thirteenth|Thomas W. Lawson
The rap of Mr. Speaker's gavel is sharp, immediate, and peremptory.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for gavel
Word Origin for gavel
Word Origin and History for gavel
"small mallet used by presiding officers at meetings," 1805, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps connected with German dialectal gaffel "brotherhood, friendly society," from Middle High German gaffel "society, guild," related to Old English gafol "tribute," giefan "to give" (see habit). But in some sources gavel also is identified as a type of mason's tool, in which case the extended meaning may be via freemasonry. As a verb, by 1887, from the noun.