Definition of awl in English:

awl

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Pronunciation: /ɔːl
 
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noun

A small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.
More example sentences
  • Start your screw hole with an awl by tapping gently with a hammer or a soft-face mallet.
  • The awl cuts a tidy hole in the leather that will close up tight around the thread as it is sewn, leaving a watertight stitch.
  • Once the cabinets are marked lightly in pencil, use an awl or a center punch to create an indentation at the desired spot.

Origin

Old English æl, of Germanic origin; related to German Ahle.

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