Meaning of maul

maul

Pronunciation: (môl), [key]
— n.
  1. a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
  2. a heavy club or mace.
—v.t.
  1. to handle or use roughly: The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
  2. to injure by a rough beating, shoving, or the like; bruise: to be mauled by an angry crowd.
  3. to split with a maul and wedge, as a wooden rail.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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