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  Dictionary Definition of awl

awl
noun
1. a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.
2. any of various broad-winged butterflies of the skipper family in which the wings are held upright at rest and which have forwardly-projecting awl-like palps.
[ME al, OE Šl, c. G Ahle ]
AWL
adjective absent without leave.