kevel

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[ kev-uhl ]
/ ˈkɛv əl /

noun Nautical.

a sturdy bit, bollard, etc., on which the heavier hawsers of a ship may be secured.

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Origin of kevel

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

Definition for kevel (2 of 2)

kevel2
[ kev-uhl ]
/ ˈkɛv əl /

noun

a hammer for the rough dressing of stone, having one square face and one pyramidal face.

Origin of kevel

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

kevel
/ (ˈkɛvəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for kevel

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