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 pale1 or pole2, or from French pal (from Old French; see pale1).
(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.