pawl, detent, click, dog(noun)
a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
To stop with a pawl.
Origin: Perhaps from Low German or Dutch pal.
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
Origin: [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. Pole a stake.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pawl, n. a short bar lying against a toothed wheel to prevent a windlass, &c., from running back: a catch or click.—v.t. to stop by means of a pawl. [W. pawl, a stake, conn. with L. palus, a stake.]
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The numerical value of pawl in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of pawl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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