Gavel

Noun

  • (historical) Rent.
  • (figuratively) The legal system as a whole (not UK).
  • A small heap of grain, not tied up into a bundle.
  • A wooden mallet, used by a courtroom judge (not UK), or by a committee chairman, struck against a sounding block to quieten those present, or by an auctioneer to accept the highest bid at auction.
  • (obsolete) Usury; interest on money.
  • A mason's setting maul.
  • A gable.

Verb

  • To use a gavel.

    "The judge gavelled for order in the courtroom after the defendant burst out with a confession."

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