Meaning of pawl

pawl

Pronunciation: (pôl), [key]
— n.
  1. a pivoted bar adapted to engage with the teeth of a ratchet wheel or the like so as to prevent movement or to impart motion.
—v.t.
  1. to check or hold with a pawl.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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