(Awl) n. [OE. aul, awel, al, AS. &aemacrl, awel; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. ala, G. ahle, Lith. yla,
Skr. ara.] A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers,
saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the
brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
1. Wanting reverence; void of respectful fear. "Awless insolence." Dryden.
2. Inspiring no awe. [Obs.] "The awless throne." Shak. [Written also aweless]
(Aw"less*ness), n. The quality of being awless.
1. Shaped like an awl.
2. (Nat. Hist.) Subulate. See Subulate. Gray.
(Awl"wort`) n. [Awl + wort.] (Bot.) A plant (Subularia aquatica), with awl-shaped leaves.
(Awm) n. See Aam.
(Awn) n. [OE. awn, agune, from Icel. ögn, pl. agnir; akin to Sw. agn, Dan. avne, Goth. ahana,
OHG. agana, G. agen, ahne, chaff, Gr. 'a`chnh, AS. egla; prob. from same root as E. acute. See
1. (Bot.) The bristle or beard of barley, oats, grasses, etc., or any similar bristlelike appendage; arista.
(Awned) a. (Bot.) Furnished with an awn, or long bristle-shaped tip; bearded. Gray.
(Awn"ing) n. [Origin uncertain: cf. F. auvent awing, or Pers. awan, awang, anything suspended,
or LG. havening a place sheltered from wind and weather, E. haven.]
1. A rooflike cover, usually of canvas, extended over or before any place as a shelter from the sun, rain,
2. (Naut.) That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulkhead of the cabin.
(Awn"inged) a. Furnished with an awning.
(Awn"less), a. Without awns or beard.
(Awn"y) a. Having awns; bearded.
(A*work") adv. [Pref. a- + work.] At work; in action. "Set awork." Shak.
(A*work"ing), adv. [Pref. a- + working.] At work; in action. [Archaic or Colloq.] Spenser.
(A*wreak", A*wreke"), v. t. & i. To avenge. [Obs.] See Wreak.
(A*wrong") adv. [Pref. a- + wrong.] Wrongly. Ford.
(A*wry") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + wry.]