from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ring of ratchet-teeth at the base of a capstan.


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  • "They surged the messenger, taking the strain off the cable, and Jack crawled under the bars to the iron pawl-rim. True enough: one of the pawls had already lost its tip and the other was so distorted that it might go any minute..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 237

    February 23, 2008