a mechanical device allowing rotation in only one direction: one type consists of a hinged tongue, the tip of which engages the notches of a ratchet wheel, preventing backward motion
Origin of pawlakin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Dutch pal, pawl, stake, pole
A hinged or pivoted device adapted to fit into a notch of a ratchet wheel to impart forward motion or prevent backward motion.
Origin of pawlPerhaps variant of pale 1or pole 2 or from French pal ( from Old French; see pale 1. )
(third-person singular simple present pawls, present participle pawling, simple past and past participle pawled)
- To stop with a pawl.
Perhaps from Low German or Dutch pal.