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
- n. A heavy wooden hammer or mallet; a kind of beetle; a mall.
- 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. 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
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)