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1. A small mallet, especially:
a. One that a judge or presiding officer raps to signal for order.
b. One that an auctioneer raps to mark the end of a transaction.
2. A maul used by masons in fitting stones.
tr.v. gav·eled, gav·el·ing, gav·els also gav·elled or gav·el·ling
To bring about or compel by using a gavel: "The chairman ... tries to gavel the demonstration to an end" (New Yorker).
Tribute or rent in ancient and medieval England.
1. a small hammer used by a chairman, auctioneer, etc, to call for order or attention
2. (Mining & Quarrying) a hammer used by masons to trim rough edges off stones
[C19: of unknown origin]
n., v. -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a small mallet used esp. by the presiding officer of a meeting or a judge usu. to signal for attention or order.
2. a similar mallet used by an auctioneer to indicate acceptance of the final bid.v.t.
3. to begin or put into effect by striking a gavel: to gavel the committee into session.
[1795–1805, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
feudal rent or tribute.
[before 900; Middle English govel, Old English gafol, akin to giefan to give; compare gabelle]
Gavelthe quantity of grain to make a sheaf; a bundle of hay, rushes, or similar grasses, 1611. See also math.