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.
Old English æl, of Germanic origin; related to German Ahle.
Definition of awl in:
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