Part of speech: noun

A masons' mallet; mallet used by a presiding officer.

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Usage examples "gavel":

  1. One more question he put- a question of deliberate insult, which brought an admonitory rap of the Judge's gavel; then he thrust out an accusing finger which pointed straight into the defendant's face. - "The Tempering", Charles Neville Buck.
  2. I had fashioned for me also a gavel in the shape of a sleeping seal, made of fossil ivory from the Little Diomedes. - "The New North", Agnes Deans Cameron.
  3. The Chair arose, using the six- shooter as gavel. - "The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On", Eugene Manlove Rhodes.