|See also bradawl a pointed hand tool with a fluted blade used for piercing wood, leather, etc|
|[Old English ǣl; related to Old Norse alr, Old High German āla, Dutch aal, Sanskrit ārā]|
absent with leave
an instrument only referred to in connection with the custom of boring the ear of a slave (Ex. 21:6; Deut. 15:17), in token of his volunteering perpetual service when he might be free. (Comp. Ps. 40:6; Isa. 50:5).