• Brad-Awl.  Twist-Drill.   German Gimlet-Bit.  Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit.  Auger-Bit
    Brad-Awl. Twist-Drill. German Gimlet-Bit. Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit. Auger-Bit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n awl a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A crooked awl A crooked awl

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Awl A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl saddler's awl shoemaker's awl, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n awl A pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc., as the bent-pointed awl of the shoemaker and saddler and the straight-pointed brad-awl of the joiner.
    • n awl The popinjay or green woodpecker, Picus or Gecinus viridis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Awl awl a pointed instrument for boring small holes in leather.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aul, awel, al, AS. ǣl, awel,; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. āla, G. ahle, Lith. yla, Skr. ārā,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. æl; cog. with Ice. alr, Ger. ahle.


In literature:

On the bench were bits of leather, hammers, paring-knives, awls, utensils of every sort.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
An' shore I feels as it's agoin' tew be awl right, ef so be I kin on'y git a few words wid ther ole man, face tew face.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
Using the awl blade on his scout knife, he bored a hole through the plastic back of the case and installed the switch.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
I don't 'old wi' them a-comin' forrard 'ere at awl!
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
He was the most spiritual shoemaker that ever handled an awl.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
They were supplied with hatchets, files, ice chisels, fire-steels, Indian awls, and fish-hooks.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Captain Cook says that the only piece of iron he found among the Tongans was a small broad awl, which had been made of a nail.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
She had put it in water to soften, and had borrowed a shoemaker's knife, an awl, and shears.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
Often they were marked with an awl into diamond and lozenge patterns and sometimes studded with hand-wrought nails.
"Remodeled Farmhouses" by Mary H. Northend
A rude awl, a bear's claw or tooth, are the only implements used.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson

In poetry:

Aw can't help mi een runnin o'er,
For mi heart does mi conduct condemn;
But awl promise to do soa noa moor,
If God spares me to Bessy and them.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
With his Bristle and his Jack
His peging-awl and Strap
And his lap-stone on his Knee
Would sing so merily
While his hammer on his Stone
Went tap, tap, tap.
"Song (Number 1)" by Royall Tyler
Ther's papers i'th' winders, "to let,"
An aw know varry weel ha 't 'll be;
They'll do th' same for th' next tenant awl bet,
Tho they ne'er do a hawpoth for me.
"To Let" by John Hartley
Maybe shoo thinks to stop mi folly,
An let me taste o' melancholy;
But just to spite her awl be jolly,
An say mi say;
Awl fire away another volley
Tho' shoo says "Nay."
"Mi Darling Muse" by John Hartley
Bless mi life! a few drops 'll sarve them! If we try
Awm weel sure we can easily spare 'em,
But as sooin as they're able, awl mak 'em all fly!
Nivver mind if aw dooant! harum scarum!"
"Did Yo Ivver!" by John Hartley
And now our fairy
decorator brightens his shop for fall;
his fishnet's filled with orange cork,
orange, his cobbler's bench and awl;
there is no money in his work,
he'd rather marry.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

In news:

An awl is a small, pointed tool used for punching small holes into things.
Stu Loeser, Mayor Bloomberg's spokesperson, just sent out a note regarding an Awl report listing the names of reporters arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The team at New York City-based The Awl has some advice for anybody waiting on some seed funding to launch their dream startup: don't wait.
Awl Pal' Miles Klee Sells Novel.
Mr Klee is, perhaps, known best for his literary writing on The Awl .
Tavi Launches Magazine with Help from Friends at This American Life and The Awl .
She has contributed arts and entertainment coverage to the L.A. Weekly, The Awl, and PopMatters.
The Awl interviewed Jonathan Van Meter, the man who penned the much beloved/much maligned New York Magazine essay "I Hate Brooklyn" back in 2005.
He has written for The Daily Beast,, The Awl, and others.
Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, Morning News, Washington City Paper, and the Awl.
This is a piece I posted over at the Awl last week.
I compiled a list of pundit predictions the day before the election using Google searches, an article by Evan Hughes at The Awl, an article by Adam Pascik at New York Magazine, and The Washington Post Outlook's Sixteenth Crystal Ball Contest.
Using an awl or similar tool, the steel retaining ring can be pushed from its groove and pulled off the inner bore.
Next Stainless Steel Hex Head Cap Screws Screw Driver Awl.
Stainless Steel Hex Head Cap Screws Screw Driver Awl.