- A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
Etymology: Old English íl, from Germanic . Cognate with German Ahle.
- Dutch: els(nl)m
- French: alíªne(fr)f
- German: Ahle(de)f
- Italian: punteruolo
- Spanish: lezna
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