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Definitions of pawl

  1. To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A short bar or bolt on a machine made to fall into notches in another part of the machine, in order to prevent the movement from turning back. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A short bar used to prevent the recoil of a windlass, etc.: a catch. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Catch falling into the teeth of a wheel or rack. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Mech. A hinged or pivoted piece shaped to engage with ratchet teeth; a click or detent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A short bar attached as a catch to the capstan or windlass of a ship. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A short bar of wood or iron that prevents the recoil of a capstan or windlass. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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