Origin of awlearlier (16th circa ) aule from Middle English alle from Old English æl from Indo-European base an unverified form ?l? (from source Old Norse alr), an unverified form ?l? (from source Sanskrit ?ra)
The definition of an awl is a small tool with a sharp point that is used to punch holes in leather and wood.
A person using a tool to pierce holes in a belt is an example of a person using an awl.
A pointed tool for making holes, as in wood or leather.
Origin of awlMiddle English al, aul from Old English æl German Ahle awl and Sanskrit ārā goad, awl
- A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
- The crowns are broad, somewhat awl-shaped, and of nearly equal size.
- His weapons, tools and other appliances such as the hammer, hatchet, spear, knife, awl, thread, net, canoe, &c., are the evident rudimentary analogues of what still remains in use among Europeans.
- The leaves of this species are awl-shaped, short and rigid, with pointed apex; closely adpressed, they completely cover the branchlets.
- Luteus, 2 ft., has awl-shaped leaves and dense spikes of fragrant yellow flowers; A.
- 32); subulate or slightly broadened at the base and drawn out into a point like an awl, as in Butomus umbellatus; or clavate, that is, narrow below and broad above, as in Thalictrum.