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pawl

[ pawl ]
/ pɔl /
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noun
a pivoted bar adapted to engage with the teeth of a ratchet wheel or the like so as to prevent movement or to impart motion.
verb (used with object)
to check or hold with a pawl.
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Origin of pawl

First recorded in 1620–30, pawl is from the Dutch word pal ratchet
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British Dictionary definitions for pawl

pawl
/ (pɔːl) /

noun
a pivoted lever shaped to engage with a ratchet wheel to prevent motion in a particular direction

Word Origin for pawl

C17: perhaps from Dutch pal pawl
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