Maul

A maul (or mall) is a heavy, long-handled hammer used for splitting a piece of wood along its grain. Traditionally, mauls have a wedge-shaped head, but some modern versions have conical heads or swiveling sub-wedges. The original maul resembles an axe but with a broader head.

Mauls are also known as warhammers, as these massive two-handed hammers were sometimes used in battle. Often, such a maul is the mental image that accompanies the word "warhammer," and is often seen in use in many fantasy settings, such as in Warcraft by paladins. These kinds of mauls are often comprised of large, either plain or ornate metal or stone blocks, usually longer than they are tall, mounted on a long, two-handed handle in a "T" shape.

To maul can also mean:

  • to injure by or as if by beating. For example: The bear mauled the explorer. The critics mauled the director's first effort.
  • to handle roughly. For example: The package was mauled by the careless messenger.
  • to split (wood) with a maul and wedge.

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