Pawl bitt
Pawl Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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}. [Written also {paul}, or {pall}.] [1913 Webster]

{Pawl bitt} (Naut.), a heavy timber, set abaft the windlass, to receive the strain of the pawls.

{Pawl rim} or {Pawl ring} (Naut.), a stationary metallic ring surrounding the base of a capstan, having notches for the pawls to catch in. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pawl bitt — noun also pawl post : a heavy post set abaft a windlass to receive the strain of pawls which are attached to it …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pawl — Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pawl rim — Pawl Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pawl ring — Pawl Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pawl post — noun see pawl bitt …   Useful english dictionary

  • pall — Pawl Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paul — Pawl Pawl, n. [W. pawl a pole, a stake. Cf. {Pole} a stake.] (Mach.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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