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gav·el / ˈgavəl/ • n. a small mallet with which an auctioneer, a judge, or the chair of a meeting hits a surface to call for attention or order. • v. (gav·eled, gav·el·ing; Brit. gav·elled, gav·el·ling) [tr.] bring (a hearing or person) to order by use of such a mallet: he gaveled the convention to order.

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gavel. See gable.

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Gavel

the quantity of grain to make a sheaf; a bundle of hay, rushes, or similar grasses, 1611. See also math.

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gavel mallet. XIX. of unkn. orig.