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.
—v.t. 1. to chair (a legislative session, convention, meeting, etc.).
2. (of a presiding officer)
a. to request or maintain (order at a meeting) by striking a gavel.
b. to begin or put into effect (a legislative session, motion, etc.) by striking a gavel.
Pronunciation: (gav'ul),[key] —n. feudal rent or tribute.