Adjective "gavel" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small hammer with which an auctioneer, a judge, or the chair of a meeting hits a surface to call for attention or order.
  1. 'Maybe that's why the young Scottish playwright talks so fast and loose about his work, chattering like a set of joke teeth, spattering out anecdotes and theories like an auctioneer whose own mindset is under the gavel.'
  2. 'Weeping family members of deceased on behalf of the accused also wept in joy as the gavel hit and the judge proclaimed that he would not allow another appeal of the case.'
  3. 'The judge banged his gavel several times to demand silence, but he couldn't be heard above the noise that was increasing by the minute.'
  4. 'The judge slams down his gavel and stands up as the audience becomes alive with controversy.'
  5. 'When the auctioneer lowered his gavel, the room erupted in applause.'
  6. 'He rose from his chair and lifted his gavel, apparently intending to enforce the Senate rule against public demonstrations.'
  7. 'These golden geese continued to be offered the way they sold best - in real-time sales with glossy printed catalogs and elegant auctioneers wielding polished wooden gavels.'
  8. 'For example, when the auctioneer hammers the gavel, a binding contract exists immediately.'
  9. 'The silence was broken by the gavel pounding on the judge's perch.'
  10. 'It ended in furore and the mayor had to use her gavel to restore order.'


Bring (a hearing or person) to order by use of a gavel.
  1. 'He gaveled the hearing to a close, intimating that enough light had been shed on the issue to allow him to move forward.'
  2. 'The so-called Vienna Group was ‘gavelling’ each paragraph yesterday afternoon and was to hand the final draft plan to the summit's main committee.'
  3. 'In Maryland, judges, lawyers, and businesspeople are gaveling out the details of tech court.'
  4. 'He has gaveled to rest the rumors that he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court.'
  5. 'So, why did that 13-year-old girl get to gavel the convention to order earlier this week?'
  6. 'The chairman refers the matter to committee and gavels the meeting to a close.'
  7. 'The host committee will hold delegation receptions throughout the city on Sunday, Aug.13, the day before the convention is gaveled to order.'
  8. 'The Chairman of the magistrates gaveled loudly on the block.'

More definitions

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. Masonry. kevel2 . verb (used with object)

4. to chair (a legislative session, convention, meeting, etc.).

5. to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel. to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.

More examples(as adjective)

"whiles can be gavel."

"falls can be gavel."


(gavel)Early 19th century (originally US in the sense ‘stonemason's mallet’): of unknown origin.