1. pawl

noun. a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward.


  • click
  • catch
  • dog
  • detent
  • ratch
  • rachet
  • stop


  • continuant consonant
  • stand still
  • repel
  • get off

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Sentences with pawl

1. Noun, singular or mass
Pull off the spring clip and then take off the washer as well as the pawl.

2. Verb, base form
Each hoist is driven by an electric motor and operated by a ratchet and pawl lever system.