Meaning of gavel

gav•el

Pronunciation: (gav'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. a small mallet used by the presiding officer of a meeting, a judge, etc., usually to signal for attention or order.
  2. a similar mallet used by an auctioneer to indicate acceptance of the final bid.
  3. kevel.
—v.t.
  1. to chair (a legislative session, convention, meeting, etc.).
  2. (of a presiding officer)
    1. to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
    2. to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.

gav•el

Pronunciation: (gav'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. feudal rent or tribute.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: