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gav•el



Pronunciation: (gav'ul), [key]
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)
a. to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
b. to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.

gav•el



Pronunciation: (gav'ul), [key]
n.
feudal rent or tribute.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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