Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A heavy, long-handled hammer used especially to drive stakes, piles, or wedges.
  • n. A heavy hammer having a wedge-shaped head and used for splitting logs.
  • n. Sports A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball carrier being tackled and attempts to gain possession of the ball when it is released.
  • n. Sports The mass of players during such a play.
  • transitive v. To injure by or as if by beating: The boxer mauled the other fighter. The critics mauled the novelist's first effort. See Synonyms at batter1.
  • transitive v. To handle roughly: The package was mauled by the careless messenger.
  • transitive v. To split (wood) with a maul and wedge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy long-handled hammer, used for splitting logs by driving a wedge into it, or in combat.
  • n. A situation where the player carrying the ball, who must be on his feet, is held by one or more opponents, and one or more of the ball carrier's team mates bind onto the ball carrier.
  • v. To handle someone or something in a rough way.
  • v. To savage; to cause serious physical wounds (usually by an animal).
  • v. To criticise harshly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heavy wooden hammer or beetle.
  • transitive v. To beat and bruise with a heavy stick or cudgel; to wound in a coarse manner.
  • transitive v. To injure greatly; to do much harm to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat and bruise with a maul, or as if with, a maul; disfigure by beating.
  • To do injury to, especially gross injury, in any way.
  • To split with wedges and a maul or mallet.
  • n. A heavy wooden hammer or mallet; a kind of beetle; a mall.
  • n. Clayey, sticky soil.
  • n. A moth.
  • n. The common mallow of Great Britain, Malva sylvestris.
  • n. Specifically In well-boring, a heavy block of wood used like the ram of a pile-driver to drive pipe into the ground for water or preliminary to boring in the rock below.
  • n. Same as mold, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
  • v. split (wood) with a maul and wedges
  • v. injure badly by beating

Etymologies

Middle English malle, from Old French mail, from Latin malleus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English malle ("mace, maul"), from Anglo-Norman mail, from Old French mail, from Latin malleus ("hammer") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "It's no secret our maul was a good weapon for us last year but going through a Premiership season just kicking and mauling is not necessarily possible," Hayes said.

    Exeter prepare for Welford Road after riding wind against Gloucester

  • The defense can stop the player with the ball either by tackling him to the ground or by holding the ball-carrier on his feet (called a maul).

    Investment Manager Tackles

  • He was instrumental in stopping their maul, which is one of their main weapons.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • "I do share the concern that the maul is a forgotten art in New Zealand rugby," said Henry.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Newly reappointed forwards coach Steve Hansen brushed off suggestions that the maul was another area where the South Africans were setting the agenda but did agree it was something his men had to get up to speed on.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Authorities say the elder Lane was killed in his rural Bethalto home after being hit on the head with the maul, which is a heavy wedge attached to a long handle.

    KSDK.com NBC-St. Louis Education

  • We're not the prettiest group or the fanciest, but we kind of maul you a little bit, '' Hitchcock said.

    USATODAY.com

  • On reflection, its probably just 'maul' and 'grim'; nasty connotations for a nasty piece of work!

    More on Maugrim

  • If you don't go for a whole word that has a violent meaning, like "maul," you take an agressive or menacing word like "invader" or "insidious," remove the "in -" from it, and there ya go.

    For Shmi

  • AMERICAN MORNING's Ali Velshi is live from a "maul" on Long Island.

    CNN Transcript Nov 24, 2006

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  • Let's go to the maul!

    October 17, 2008

  • ... Sheep maul
    beyond recognition alarmingly quickly
    the sandwich-paper memorials left
    by charabanc-trippers...

    - Peter Reading, Plague Graves, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008

  • A wooden club used with a froe to split wood.

    November 20, 2007