a pivoted bar adapted to engage with the teeth of a ratchet wheel or the like so as to prevent movement or to impart motion.
verb (used with object)
to check or hold with a pawl.
a pivoted lever shaped to engage with a ratchet wheel to prevent motion in a particular direction
“bar preventing a capstan from recoiling” (nautical) 1620s, of unknown origin; perhaps from French pal “stake” [OED] or épaule “shoulder” [Klein].
[pawn] /pɔn/ verb (used with object) 1. to deposit as security, as for money borrowed, especially with a : He raised the money by pawning his watch. 2. to pledge; stake; risk: to pawn one’s life. noun 3. the state of being deposited or held as security, especially with or by a : jewels in […]
[paw-nij] /ˈpɔ nɪdʒ/ noun 1. the act of .
[pawn-broh-ker] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər/ noun 1. a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed. /ˈpɔːnˌbrəʊkə/ noun 1. a dealer licensed to lend money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not […]
[pawn-broh-king] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kɪŋ/ noun 1. the business of a .