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Maul definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MAUL, n. [L. malleus. See Mall.]
A heavy wooden hammer; written also mall.
MAUL, v.t. To beat and bruise with a heavy stick or cudgel; to wound in a coarse manner.
Meek modern faith to murder, hack and maul.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges [syn: maul, sledge, sledgehammer] v
1: split (wood) with a maul and wedges
2: injure badly by beating [syn: maul, mangle]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English malle mace, maul, from Anglo-French mail, from Latin malleus; akin to Old Church Slavic mlat? hammer, Latin molere to grind more at meal Date: 13th century a heavy often wooden-headed hammer used especially for driving wedges; also a tool like a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood II. transitive verb Date: 13th century 1. beat, bruise 2. mangle 1 3. to handle roughly mauler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 beat and bruise. 2 handle roughly or carelessly. 3 damage by criticism. --n. 1 Rugby Football a loose scrum with the ball off the ground. 2 a brawl. 3 a special heavy hammer, commonly of wood, esp. for driving piles. Derivatives: mauler n. Etymology: ME f. OF mail f. L malleus hammer

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mall Mall (m[add]l; 277), n. [Written also maul.] [OE. malle, F. mail, L. malleus. Cf. Malleus.] 1. A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul. --Addison. 2. A heavy blow. [Obs.] --Spenser. 3. An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See Pall-mall. --Cotton. 4. A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk. Part of the area was laid out in gravel walks, and planted with elms; and these convenient and frequented walks obtained the name of the City Mall. --Southey.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Maul Maul, n. [See Mall a hammer.] A heavy wooden hammer or beetle. [Written also mall.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Maul Maul, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mauled; p. pr. & vb. n. Mauling.] 1. To beat and bruise with a heavy stick or cudgel; to wound in a coarse manner. Meek modern faith to murder, hack, and maul. --Pope. 2. To injure greatly; to do much harm to. It mauls not only the person misrepreseted, but him also to whom he is misrepresented. --South.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(mauls, mauling, mauled) If you are mauled by an animal, you are violently attacked by it and badly injured. He had been mauled by a bear... The dog went berserk and mauled one of the girls. = savage VERB: be V-ed by n, V n

Easton's Bible Dictionary

an old name for a mallet, the rendering of the Hebrew mephits (Prov. 25:18), properly a war-club.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

mol (mephits, literally, "a breaker," "a club," "mace," "mattock"): A smashing weapon like the oriental war-club or the clubs always carried by the shepherds of Lebanon (Pr 25:18; compare Jer 51:20 margin).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. [Written also Mall.] Beetle, heavy mallet. II. v. a. 1. [Written also Mall.] Beat, bruise, wound, disfigure. 2. Injure grossly, abuse, deform, do much harm to.

Moby Thesaurus

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