• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cross-pawl (Shipbuilding) Same as Cross-spale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cross-pawl In ship carpentry, one of the horizontal pieces of timber used to brace the frame of a ship during construction. Also cross-spale.
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In literature:

If screwed in, the cross-head will be too low for the upper pawl to engage and the valve will not be opened.
"Steam Turbines" by Hubert E. Collins