• WordNet 3.6
    • v yawl emit long loud cries "wail in self-pity","howl with sorrow"
    • n yawl a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
    • n yawl a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • yawl A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with two masts, a mainmast carrying a mainsail and jibs, taller than the mizzenmast and stepped a little farther forward than in a sloop, and with the mizzenmast, or jiggermast far aft, usually placed aft of the water line or aft the rudder post. The mizzenmast of a yawl is smaller, and set further aft, than that of a sloop.
    • yawl (Naut) A small ship's boat, usually rowed by four or six oars.
    • v. i Yawl To cry out like a dog or cat; to howl; to yell. "There howling Scyllas yawling round about."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • yawl To cry out; howl; yell.
    • n yawl A ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars; a jolly-boat.
    • n yawl The smallest boat used by fishermen. See cut under rowlock.
    • n yawl A sail-boat or small yacht of the cutter class, with a jigger and short mainboom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Yawl yawl to howl.
    • n Yawl yawl a ship's small boat, generally with four or six oars: a small fishing-boat: a small sailing-boat with jigger and curtailed mainboom.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ȝaulen, ȝoulen, gaulen, goulen, Icel. gaula, to low, bellow. Cf. Gowl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. jol. Cf. Jollyboat.


In literature:

The calm still continuing, the launch, yawl, and pinnace were hoisted out, manned, and armed.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
But when least in expectation of it, he saw the yawl close at hand, at five in the afternoon.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
A small yawl of the Garonne.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
So I drew the men more beer and said I would see after the yawl.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
And so it happened on a day A yawl equipped at anchor lay.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
Several officers went up the Sedger in a yawl till they were stopped by the shallowness of the water.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
As the yawl touched the water, a score of roustabouts started to leap into it.
"Shawn of Skarrow" by James Tandy Ellis
In 1863, the Bishop built a charming little yawl for mission work.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
An old seaman one day watched him handle a fishing yawl in a heavy storm and thought he could never weather the squall.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
The people in the yawl approached the plank upon which I floated, drew me from it, carried me to the shore, and gave me to eat and drink.
"Niels Klim's journey under the ground" by Baron Ludvig Holberg
Plump, into the yawl with the rescue crew, went Mrs. Endicott.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
The steam-boat was about equal to a good-sized yawl, and was bound for some port unknown to me; but that made no difference.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
The doubloons in the yawl would have been lost but for the sagacity of Mulford.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
The next day, after dinner, the yawl was brought to the side and manned, and my chum and I prepared for our departure.
"Graham's Magazine, Vol. XXXII No. 4, April 1848" by Various
The latter made him embark in a little yawl rowed by a single sailor.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
No yawl what was ever made could have faced that sea.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Daybreak is creeping in when the yawl comes alongside with our man.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
The steward went ashore in the yawl early this morning.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
She folded the note and scrawled a few words on the outside very hurriedly, for they were now almost abreast the fleet of fishing yawls.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
While keeping a sharp lookout for sails, many an eye glanced at the yawl as the last resort.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various

In poetry:

Charon! receive a family on board
Itself sufficient for thy crazy yawl,
Apollo and Diana, for a word
By me too proudly spoken, slew us all.
"On Niobe (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
The season's ill—
we've lost our summer millionaire,
who seemed to leap from an L. L. Bean
catalogue. His nine-knot yawl
was auctioned off to lobstermen.
A red fox stain covers Blue Hill.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

In news:

A Camden Harbor 2012 spring bonus has been getting to know that classy 85-foot wooden yawl as she prepared for an attempt at the Northwest Passage .
Purchase the first Abeking & Rasmussen-built Concordia Yawl.
1951 Philip Rhodes, Abeking & Rasmussen 54' Centerboard Yawl.
centerboard yawl, "Ocean Queen V." She has been in our family all of her 61 years, always properly maintained.
This design was a classic even before I arrived at C&N in 1984, and it has both a full keel and a yawl rig.
A handy clipper-bowed centerboard yawl, this boat is a heavily built, smart sailor with sparten accommodations for two.
Captain your own rental yacht, or book passage on a skippered yawl, such as the Shilshole-based Orion.
Concordia yawl just under 40?