gavel

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
gav•el1 /ˈgævəl/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. 
n. [countable]
    1. a small hammer or mallet used esp. by the officer leading a meeting or by a judge, usually to signal for attention or order.
    2. a similar mallet used by an auctioneer to indicate acceptance of the final bid.

    v. [+ object]
    1. to begin or put into effect by striking a gavel:to gavel the committee into session.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gav•el1  (gavəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a small mallet used by the presiding officer of a meeting, a judge, etc., usually to signal for attention or order.
  2. a similar mallet used by an auctioneer to indicate acceptance of the final bid.
  3. [Masonry.]kevel.

v.t. 
  1. to chair (a legislative session, convention, meeting, etc.).
  2. (of a presiding officer)
    • to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
    • to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1795–1805, American.

gav•el2  (gavəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World Historyfeudal rent or tribute.
  • bef. 900; Middle English govel, Old English gafol, akin to giefan to give; compare gabelle

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gavel /ˈɡævəl/ n
  1. a small hammer used by a chairman, auctioneer, etc, to call for order or attention
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin
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