A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
Origin: OE. Aul, awel, al, AS. L, awel; akin to Icel. Alr, OHG. Ala, G. Ahle, Lith. Yla, Skr. Ara.
(01 Mar 1998)
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