\θˈa͡ʊl], \θˈaʊl], \θ_ˈaʊ_l]\
Definitions of THOWL
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A pin inserted into the gunwale of a boat to keep the oars in place when rowing,-if there be two to each row-lock, the oar is worked between them-if but one, the oar is fastened to it by a band or socket, and the oar may be put on or taken off at pleasure; in arch., the scutcheon or knot in the midst of a timber-vault.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.