Pawl bitt(Naut.), a heavy timber, set abaft the windlass, to receive the strain of the pawls.Pawl rimor ring(Naut.), a stationary metallic ring surrounding the base of a capstan, having notches for the pawls to catch in.

(Pawl), v. t. To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.

To pawl the capstan. See under Capstan.

(Pawn) n. See Pan, the masticatory.

(Pawn), n. [OE. paune, poun, OF. peon, poon, F. pion, LL. pedo a foot soldier, fr. L. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pioneer, Peon.] (Chess) A man or piece of the lowest rank.

(Pawn), n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]

1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1.

As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not take pawns without use [i. e., interest].

2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise. [R.]

Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.

As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.

3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]

My life I never held but as a pawn
To wage against thy enemies.

In pawn, At pawn, in the state of being pledged. "Sweet wife, my honor is at pawn." Shak.Pawn ticket, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an article pledged.

(Pawn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pawned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pawning.]

1. To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch.

And pawned the last remaining piece of plate.

2. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard.

Pawning his honor to obtain his lust.

(Pawna*ble) a. Capable of being pawned.

Pawk to Peaceable

(Pawk) n. (Zoöl.) A small lobster. Travis.

(Paw"ky) a. [Cf. AS. pæcean to deceive.] Arch; cunning; sly. [Scot.] Jamieson.

(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.]

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