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pawl

noun (n)

  • a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: click, detent, dog
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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