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Definition of the noun pawl

What does pawl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pawls

  1. a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pawl: click / detent / dog
    • more generic words: catch / stop = a restraint that checks the motion of something
    • part of: rachet / ratch / ratchet = mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction

Alternative definition of the noun pawl


  1. A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.

Definition of the verb pawl

What does pawl mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive] To stop with a pawl.


Pawl is a fictional character from Thunderbirds 2086.


Pawl was a racing car constructor, who competed in three rounds of the FIA World Championship - the 1951, 1954 and 1955 Indy 500.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pawl

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Google previewFirearms: An Illustrated History (2014)

by DK

ANTI-ROTATION PAWL The anti-rotation pawl is the curved lever at the rear of the opening containing the channels for the breech bolts—one for each of the 10 barrels. The anti-rotation pawl was fitted to prevent the group of barrels being ...

Google previewToday's Technician: Automotive Brake Systems Classroom and Shop Manual (2010)

by Cliff Owen

A pawl is a hinged or pivoted component that engages a toothed wheel or rod to provide rotation or movement in one direction while preventing it in the opposite direction. 200 Quite a bit of variety exists in the specific linkage used on different ...

Google previewHigh-Performance Differentials, Axels, and Drivelines (2009)

by Joseph Palazzolo

The engagement pawl is the larger sickle-shaped piece above it and the governor lockout mechanism. illustrates the apply forces from the cam mechanism. You can see how the input torque is used to separate the camshaped housing.

Google previewRecasting Ritual (2003)

Performance, Media, Identity by Mary M. Crain, Felicia Hughes-Freeland

However, San Pawl is the most important statue carried during the year, and it is carrying the statue of St Paul that many of the younger denizens of Ghand Lawrenz aspire to. The bar is the unofficial clubhouse of the Pawlini (Paulites).

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Bike Maintenance and Repair (2001)

by Terry Meany, Terence Meany

The Spoken Word A pawl is a spring-controlled catch that is designed to wedge into or catch the teeth of a ratchet wheel to push it forward or prevent it from going in reverse. A ratchet wheel is a toothed gear meant to move in one direction.

Google previewSpecifications and Drawings of Patents Issued from the U.S. Patent Office (1878)

by United States. Patent Office

Extending from the base of the pawl is the lug e, which is grooved so as to retain the spring f, which presses ...

Google previewA Grammar and Dictionary of the Lushai Language (Dulien Dialect) (1898)

by James Herbert Lorrain, Fred W. Savidge

Pawl, (5.) straw.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

pawl . To check, stop ...

Google previewEnglish Khasi Dictionary (1988)

Palsiedj(pawl'zid) a. -_-.Ba iap shiliang. Palsy (pawl'zi) n. Kaba iap ka met ne kaba ym lah pynkhib ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

The terms pawl, click, pallet, have therefore special significations, indicating relation or function. Fig. 4173 is a device of this kind, designed to prevent reverse mo- Fig. 4173. tion of the shaft in sewing and other machines. It is so arranged that, ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary for Building Construction (1993)

by John E. Traister

pawl: A hinged or ...

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Pawl Meaning

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Scrabble value of P3A1W4L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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