• WordNet 3.6
    • n pawl a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pawl (Mach) 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.
    • v. t Pawl To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pawl A short iron bar acting as a catch or brake to prevent a windlass or capstan from turning back. See cuts under capstan and pattern-chain.
    • n pawl A bar pivoted to a movable or fixed support at one end, and having its opposite end adapted to fit the teeth of a ratchet-wheel or ratchet-bar, used either for holding the ratchet-wheel or -bar in a position to which it has been moved by other mechanism (as in the case where the pawl is pivoted to a fixed support), or for moving it (as when the pawl is pivoted to a movable support). A pawl may be constructed and arranged to fall into engagement with ratchet-teeth by its own weight, or, as is very common, it may be made to act quickly and positively by the force of a spring.
    • n pawl Cross pawl, in ship-building. See cross-pawl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pawl pawl a short bar lying against a toothed wheel to prevent a windlass, &c., from running back: a catch or click
    • v.t Pawl to stop by means of a pawl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. pawl, a pole, a stake. Cf. Pole a stake


In literature:

When the tympanum vibrates under the influence of the voice, the stylus acts as a pawl and turns a ratchet-wheel.
"Heroes of the Telegraph" by J. Munro
It occurred to him that if he could get hold of the mooring rope pawls he might be able to climb aboard.
"The Pit Prop Syndicate" by Freeman Wills Crofts
All I have to do is to take off the wheels and reverse the pawl.
"Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle" by Victor Appleton
There is no one else except Pawles, a man who comes in from the stables to do the rough work and pump the water up for the bath.
"Jeanne of the Marshes" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The lever and the saw connected with it can be raised and held up by a pawl while the work is being fixed.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 795, March 28, 1891" by Various
These, when energized, will withdraw the holding pawls from the ratchets and allow them all to return to their normal positions.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
Then the magnets which operate one set of pawls come into play.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887" by Various
Then Captain Mayo heard the steady clanking of capstan pawls.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The governor-rod should be disconnected, the pawls thrown out and the pawl strings hooked over the ends.
"Steam Turbines" by Hubert E. Collins
Other houses are five and seven miles from Pawling.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson

In poetry:

Heh! Walk her round. Heave, ah, heave her short again!
Over, snatch her over, there, and hold her on the pawl.
Loose all sail, and brace your yards back and full —
Ready jib to pay her off and heave short all!
"Anchor Song" by Rudyard Kipling
But it's heave and break her out . . . and the best tune of all
Is the rattle of the windlass, the clicking of the pawl,
And the steady wind a-blowing, yes, blowing off the shore,
From the white smiling city that I would see no more.
"Sailor's Farewell" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

As for reinforcing the hook, actually the vertical part of the hook assembly is inside the door - completely surrouned by metal, and the hooks and their latching pawls, etc.
PAWL is scheduled to perform Saturday, November 5, at Hard Rock Cafe.
Also inspect ratchet tie-down s for web straps, and look for cracked or deformed frames, damaged or missing pawls, ratchet teeth, and handle release cams.
Pawling schools to be closed Thursday.
TROY — A 25-year-old Florida man released on parole earlier this summer for a drug conviction drove drunk into a home on Pawling Avenue and fled the scene Saturday night, police said.
Pawling mom documents 'Super' Ty's fight.
Warren Norstein, who's cooked at Chanterelle and Bouley in New York City, smokes his pork spareribs for up to 14 hours for his Big W's Roadside Bar-B- Que truck in Pawling, New York – Trend: Haute Barbecue.
The Gearwrench 120XP Ratchet features a 60-tooth gear that alternately engages its Double-Stacked Pawl technology to produce the 120 positions and three-degree swing arc.
Left tilt 2HP cabinet saw from General International includes both a riving style splitter/blade guard assembly with antikickback pawls and a separate European style riving knife.

In science:

Feynmans ratchet and pawl: An exactly solvable model.
Random Walks in Dynamic Random Environments: A transference principle