Pawl vs Pall - What's the difference?

pawl | pall |


As a noun pawl

is a pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (eg on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.

As a verb pawl

is to stop with a pawl.

As a proper noun pall is

, cognate to paul.

pawl

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
  • * 1994 , Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing :
  • The nails in the rim of the wheel went ratcheting over the leather pawl and the wheel slowed and came to a stop and the woman turned to the crowd and smiled.
  • * 1910 , Victor Appleton, Tom Swift and his Motorcycle
  • A pawl is a sort of catch that fits into a ratchet wheel and pushes it around, or it may be used as a catch to prevent the backward motion of a windlass or the wheel on a derrick.

    Derived terms

    * pawl bitt * pawl rim

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To stop with a pawl.
  • Derived terms

    * pawl the capstan

    pall

    English

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
  • (Christianity) A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
  • (Christianity) A piece of cardboard, covered with linen and embroidered on one side, used to cover the chalice.
  • (Christianity) A pallium (woollen vestment in Roman Catholicism).
  • * Fuller
  • About this time Pope Gregory sent two archbishop's palls into England, — the one for London, the other for York.
  • (heraldiccharge) A figure resembling the Roman Catholic pallium, or pall, and having the form of the letter Y.
  • A heavy canvas, especially one laid over a coffin or tomb.
  • * 1942 , Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon , Canongate (2006), page 150:
  • Thirty years or so later, a woman was put to death for stealing the purple pall from his sarcophagus, a strange, crazy crime,
  • An outer garment; a cloak or mantle.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His lion's skin changed to a pall of gold.
  • (obsolete) nausea
  • (Shaftesbury)
  • (senseid) A feeling of gloom.
  • A pall came over the crowd when the fourth goal was scored.
    The early election results cast a pall over what was supposed to be a celebration.
    Derived terms
    * cast a pall * pallbearer * tarpaulin
    Synonyms
    * (heraldry) pairle

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cloak.
  • (Shakespeare)
    Lady Macbeth: 'Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell' (Macbeth Act I Scene v lines 48–9).

    Etymology 2

    from appall. Possibly influenced by the figurative meaning of the unrelated noun.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.
  • * Atterbury
  • Reason and reflection pall all his enjoyments.
  • To become vapid, tasteless, dull, or insipid; to lose strength, life, spirit, or taste.
  • The liquor palls .
  • * Addison
  • Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, / Fades in the eye, and palls upon the sense.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VI
  • We are all becoming accustomed to adventure. It is beginning to pall on us. We suffered no casualties and there was no illness.
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