maul

Maul is both the name of a heavy hammer, and also a verb meaning beating and scratching. Tigers, lions, bears––animals with powerful paws and sharp claws, will maul their victims.

The maul came to be used as a weapon in the late Middle Ages––if your opponent is wearing armor that a steel sword-blade can't penetrate, you can still inflict damage by mauling them with a hammer. You might not be able to stab your opponent, but at least you can maul them.

Primary Meanings of maul

1.
v
injure badly by beating
2.
nv
a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
split (wood) with a maul and wedges
Full Definitions of maul
1

v injure badly by beating

Synonyms:
mangle
Type of:
blemish, deface, disfigure
mar or spoil the appearance of
2

n a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges

Synonyms:
sledge, sledgehammer
Type of:
hammer
a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking

v split (wood) with a maul and wedges

Type of:
cleave, rive, split
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

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