Definitions of pawl
n. - A pivoted tongue, or sliding bolt, on one part of a machine, adapted to fall into notches, or interdental spaces, on another part, as a ratchet wheel, in such a manner as to permit motion in one direction and prevent it in the reverse, as in a windlass; a catch, click, or detent. See Illust. of Ratchet Wheel. 2
v. t. - To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off. 2
The word "pawl" uses 4 letters: A L P W.
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