gavel definition

  • noun:
    • a tiny mallet used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer to signal for interest or order or even mark in conclusion of a transaction.
    • A maul used by masons in fitting stones.
    • Tribute or lease in old and medieval England.
    • Rent.
    • Usury; interest on money.
    • A wooden mallet, employed by a judge in a courtroom, or a chairman of a committee, struck against a sounding block to quiet the rabble down.
    • The appropriate system overall.
    • A gable.
    • a tiny heap of whole grain, not tangled up into a bundle.
    • The mallet associated with presiding officer in a legislative body, general public set up, judge, masonic body, etc.
    • A mason's setting maul.
    • Tribute; cost; custom. [Obs.] See gabel.
    • In old English legislation, rent; tribute; toll; customized; more specifically, lease payable usually compared to feudal military solution.
    • The tenure wherein, according to either the ancient Saxon or Welsh custom, land on loss of the tenant didn't go right to the oldest boy, but was partitioned in equal stocks among all sons, or among several family members in equal degree, or in which, in line with the Irish customized, the loss of a holder included a broad redistribution of this tribal lands. Compare gavelkind.
    • A partition made pursuant to such customized.
    • A sheaf of corn before it is tangled up; a tiny heap of unbound grain or any other grain.
    • a tiny mallet utilized by the presiding officer of a legislative body or community construction to entice attention and signal for order.
    • A dialectal form of gable.
    • a tiny mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
  • verb-transitive:
    • to result in or compel making use of a gavel: "The president . . . tries to gavel the demonstration to an-end” ( New Yorker).
  • verb:
    • To use a gavel.
  • others:
    • To bind into sheaves.
    • To partition and distribute (or redistribute) similarly (the lands of just one deceased) in accordance with the training of gavelkind. See gavel , n., and gavelkind.

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