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Definitions of awl

  1. a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A pointed tool for making small holes in leather, wood, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A pointed instrument for boring small holes in leather. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A pointed tool for piercing leather or wood. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A pointed steel instrument for making small holes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A sharp iron instrument for piercing small holes, used by shoemakers and other workers in leather. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A shoemaker's tool for boring holes : awl-shaped. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. a tool of which we do not know the ancient form. The only notice of it is in connection with the custom of boring the ear of the slave. ( Exodus 21:6 ; 15:17 ) biblestudytools.com
  10. an instrument only referred to in connection with the custom of boring the ear of a slave ( Exodus 21:6 ; Deuteronomy 15:17 ), in token of his volunteering perpetual service when he might be free. (Compare Psalms 40:6 ; Isaiah 50:5 ). biblestudytools.com
  11. awl, n. a pointed instrument for boring small holes in leather. [A.S. æl; cog. with Ice. alr, Ger. ahle.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Small tool for pricking, pricker, esp. that used by shoemakers. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A pointed instrument for making small holes. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. A pointed instrument to bore holes. Complete Dictionary

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