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Word of the Day
A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
equivalent: pawl ring
form: pawl the capstan
synonym: catch, lever
cross-reference: spring-pawl, gravity pawl, pawl and half pawl