Definition of pawl:
- 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.
- To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.
firedog, wienerwurst, bounder, frump, frankfurter, weenie, domestic dog, cad, suction stop, andiron, hound, heel, hotdog, blackguard, dog, click, mouse click, detent, hot dog, dog-iron, clink, wiener, frank.
- "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
- "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
" From my experiments on the telephone I knew of the power of a diaphragm to take up sound vibrations, as I had made a little toy which, when you recited loudly in the funnel, would work a pawl connected to the diaphragm; and this engaging a ratchet- wheel served to give continuous rotation to a pulley.- "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.