verb (used with object)
Origin of pawl
Examples from the Web for pawl
Plenty of oil should be kept on the circle of teeth in which the pawl engages in revolving the cylinder.Pistol and Revolver Shooting|A. L. A. Himmelwright
When the time wheel rolls to the bottom of the track, however, the pawl is allowed to drop to the bottom of the tooth.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2|Kempster Miller
Picking up a stone, Ned knocked up the pawl which held the ratchet of the little winch.Copper Coleson's Ghost|Edward P. Hendrick
The lever and the saw connected with it can be raised and held up by a pawl while the work is being fixed.
The socket is provided with a ratchet or toothed wheel in which a catch or pawl engages.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
British Dictionary definitions for pawl
Word Origin for pawl
Word Origin and History for pawl
"bar preventing a capstan from recoiling" (nautical) 1620s, of unknown origin; perhaps from French pal "stake" [OED] or épaule "shoulder" [Klein].