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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kevel  \Kev"el\,  n.  [Prov.  E.  kevil,  cavel,  rod,  pole,  a  large 
  hammer,  horse's  bit;  cf  Icel.  kefli  cylinder,  a  stick, 
  mangle,  and  Dan.  kievle  a  roller.] 
  1.  (Naut.)  A  strong  cleat  to  which  large  ropes  are  belayed. 
 
  2.  A  stone  mason's  hammer.  [Written  also  {cavil}.] 
 
  {Kevel  head}  (Naut.),  a  projecting  end  of  a  timber,  used  as  a 
  kevel. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cavil  \Cav"il\  (k[a^]v"[i^]l),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Caviled}  or 
  {Cavilled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Caviling}  or  {Cavilling}.]  [L. 
  cavillari  to  practice  jesting,  to  censure,  fr  cavilla 
  bantering  jests,  sophistry:  cf  OF  caviller.] 
  To  raise  captious  and  frivolous  objections;  to  find  fault 
  without  good  reason. 
 
  You  do  not  well  in  obstinacy  To  cavil  in  the  course  of 
  this  contract.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cavil  \Cav"il\,  v.  t. 
  To  cavil  at  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cavil  \Cav"il\,  n. 
  A  captious  or  frivolous  objection. 
 
  All  the  cavils  of  prejudice  and  unbelief.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cavil 
  v  :  raise  trivial  objections  [syn:  {carp},  {chicane}] 




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