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3 definitions found
 for Pawl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pawl \Pawl\, v. t.
     To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     To pawl the capstan. See under Capstan.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pawl \Pawl\, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. Pole a stake.]
     (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. [Written also paul, or pall.]
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Pawl bitt (Naut.), a heavy timber, set abaft the windlass,
        to receive the strain of the pawls.
  
     Pawl rim or Pawl ring (Naut.), a stationary metallic ring
        surrounding the base of a capstan, having notches for the
        pawls to catch in.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pawl
      n 1: a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move
           a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward [syn:
           pawl, detent, click, dog]

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