gavel

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English gafol.

Noun[edit]

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. (historical) Rent.
  2. (obsolete) Usury; interest on money.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin obscure. Perhaps alteration of cavel (a stone mason's hammer). More at cavel.

Noun[edit]

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. A wooden mallet, used by a judge in a courtroom, or a chairman of a committee, struck against a sounding block to quiet the rabble down.
  2. (figuratively) The legal system as a whole.
  3. A mason's setting maul.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

gavel (third-person singular simple present gavels, present participle gaveling or gavelling, simple past and past participle gaveled or gavelled)

  1. To use a gavel.
    The judge gavelled for order in the courtroom after the defendant burst out with a confession.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Old French gavelle, French javelle, probably diminutive from Latin capulus (handle), from capere (to lay hold of, seize); or compare Welsh gafael (hold, grasp). Compare heave.

Noun[edit]

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. A small heap of grain, not tied up into a bundle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

gavel (plural gavels)

  1. A gable.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

gavel c

  1. a gable, a short wall of a building

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