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pawl

[pawl] /pɔl/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to check or hold with a pawl.
Origin of pawl
1620-1630
1620-30; < Dutch pal ratchet
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pawl

/pɔːl/
noun
1.
a pivoted lever shaped to engage with a ratchet wheel to prevent motion in a particular direction
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Dutch pal pawl
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Word Origin and History for pawl
n.

"bar preventing a capstan from recoiling" (nautical) 1620s, of unknown origin; perhaps from French pal "stake" [OED] or épaule "shoulder" [Klein].

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