from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hinged or pivoted device adapted to fit into a notch of a ratchet wheel to impart forward motion or prevent backward motion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
- v. To stop with a pawl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short iron bar acting as a catch or brake to prevent a windlass or capstan from turning back. See cuts under capstan and pattern-chain.
- n. A bar pivoted to a movable or fixed support at one end, and having its opposite end adapted to fit the teeth of a ratchet-wheel or ratchet-bar, used either for holding the ratchet-wheel or -bar in a position to which it has been moved by other mechanism (as in the case where the pawl is pivoted to a fixed support), or for moving it (as when the pawl is pivoted to a movable support).
- n. Cross pawl, in ship-building.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
His mechanic had removed a pawl or two in an effort to decrease freehub drag, but the results were disastrous.
Some of the reels that come on these combos have poor drags; some are simple pawl drags or offset disc drags.
The chances of the pawl wearing excessively or shearing off are slim, but the parking brake still helps you avoid the threat of a car rolling away.
When parking on steep grades, the pawl has to support more of the car's weight as it tries to roll down the hill.
A: Using the parking brake can keep the car from resting heavily on the transmission's parking pawl—a mechanism that engages the transmission to keep it from moving, sort of like the latch on a door.
Now I realize the Sage is a click-pawl reel and as such doesn't have a drag but I've looked at a lot of drag-equipped reels in the $150 to $300 range and I have to admit I just can't see why they cost so much.
One of the pawls is sticking, broken, or somehow compromised, or the body is flexing so that one pawl misses its first grab.
June 16, 2009 at 12:17 am ai nawt overlee fond ob baseball but is a good excewse tew sit owtside fur a few ours. ai likes minor leege, owr teem is teh saint pawl saints an tehy always has sumfin goin on. when visitin teem pitcher is retired, hole crowd yells “left right left right” at him all teh way to teh dugouwt. pitchers in teh know swich tehr feets kwikk.
The pawl from the freehub broke through the freehub shell causing the wheel to instantly become a "Fixed" wheel.
August 3, 2008 at 2:35 am yay! ai bees in saint pawl, wave as u go bai!
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