awl

[awl]
noun
a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English al, eal, aul, Old English al, eal, æl; cognate with Old Norse alr; akin to Middle English ēl, Old English ǣl, Old High German āla (German Ahle), Sanskrit ā́rā

1. ale, ail, awl ; 2. all, awl (see usage note at all).
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A.W.L.

absent with leave.
Also, a.w.l.
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awl (ɔːl)
 
n
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]

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Word Origin & History

awl
O.E. æl "awl, piercer," from P.Gmc. *ælo (cf. O.N. alr, Du. aal, M.L.G. al, O.H.G. äla, Ger. Ahle), of uncertain origin. Earliest references are to piercing of the ears, though later it was associated with shoemakers. Through misdivision, frequently written 15c.-17c. as nawl (for an
awl).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
AWL
absent with leave
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Bible Dictionary

Awl definition


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).

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Example sentences
Use an awl or screwdriver to probe into decayed areas and determine the extent of the damage.
From a leather pouch he removed his tools, an awl of steel and antler, a block of bone.
With an awl, punch five holes in pumpkin for the laces and pull tab.
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