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[kev-uh l]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a sturdy bit, bollard, etc., on which the heavier hawsers of a ship may be secured.
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Origin of kevel1

1225–75; Middle English kevile < Anglo-FrenchLatin clāvicula little key (clāvi(s) key + -cula -cule1); doublet of clavicle


[kev-uh l]
  1. a hammer for the rough dressing of stone, having one square face and one pyramidal face.
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Origin of kevel2

1325–75; Middle English kevell, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for kevel


  1. nautical a strong bitt or bollard for securing heavy hawsers
  2. building trades a hammer having an edged end and a pointed end, used for breaking and rough-shaping stone
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Northern French keville, from Latin clāvicula a little key, from clāvis key
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