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gavel (noun) mallet; hammer.
A small hammer, usually of wood, used by a judge in a court of law, by a person presiding over a meeting, or by an auctioneer to get people's attention is a gavel. The judge hits the gavel on the desk to call the court to silence; the person presiding over the meeting hits it on the table to get the attention of the audience, and the auctioneer hits it on the table to indicate that the article has been sold.
- The judge annoyed at the noise in the overcrowded courtroom, hit the gavel repeatedly on the table to call the crowd to silence so that he could deliver his judgment in the sensational case.
- The meeting began exactly at 6:30 PM as the president hit the gavel on the table to call the audience to attention.