I. noun Etymology: Middle English dowle; akin to Old High German tubili plug, Late Greek typhos wedge Date: 14th century 1. a pin fitting into a hole in an abutting piece to prevent motion or slipping; also a round rod or stick used especially for cutting up into dowels 2. a piece of wood driven into a wall so that other pieces can be nailed to it II. transitive verb (-elled; also -eled; -elling; also -eling) Date: 1713 to fasten by or furnish with dowels

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  • Dowel — Dow el, n. [Cf. G. d[ o]bel peg, F. douelle state of a cask, surface of an arch, douille socket, little pipe, cartridge.] (Mech.) 1. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dowel — ► NOUN ▪ a headless peg used for holding together components. ► VERB (dowelled, dowelling; US doweled, doweling) ▪ fasten with a dowel. ORIGIN perhaps Low German …   English terms dictionary

  • Dowel — Dow el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Doweled}or {Dowelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Doweling} or {Dowelling}.] To fasten together by dowels; to furnish with dowels; as, a cooper dowels pieces for the head of a cask. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dowel — mid 14c., dule rim or section of a wheel, perhaps akin to M.L.G. dovel plug, tap (of a cask). Modern meaning is first attested 1794 …   Etymology dictionary

  • dowel — [dou′əl] n. [ME doule, prob. akin to MLowG dövel, Ger döbel, a plug < IE base * dheubh , a peg, wooden pin > DUB1] a short cylinder of wood, metal, etc., usually fitted into corresponding holes in two pieces to fasten them together vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • Dowel — A dowel is a solid cylindrical rod, usually made of wood, plastic or metal. In its original manufactured form, dowel is called dowel rod. Dowel rod is employed in numerous, diverse applications. It is used to form axles in toys, as detents on… …   Wikipedia

  • dowel — /dow euhl/, n., v., doweled, doweling or (esp. Brit.) dowelled, dowelling. n. 1. Also called dowel pin. Carpentry. a pin, usually round, fitting into holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent their slipping or to align them. 2. a piece of wood… …   Universalium

  • dowel — UK [ˈdaʊəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms dowel : singular dowel plural dowels a thick pin made of wood, metal, or plastic, used for holding two pieces of wood, metal, or plastic together …   English dictionary

  • dowel — [[t]da͟ʊəl[/t]] dowels N COUNT A dowel is a short thin piece of wood or metal which is used for joining larger pieces of wood or metal together …   English dictionary

  • dowel — [ daʊəl] noun a headless peg used for holding together components. verb (dowels, dowelling, dowelled; US dowels, doweling, doweled) fasten with a dowel. Origin ME: perh. from Mid. Low Ger. dovel …   English new terms dictionary

  • dowel — /ˈdaʊəl / (say dowuhl) Carpentry –noun 1. Also, dowel pin. a pin, usually round, fitting into corresponding holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent slipping or to align the two pieces. 2. Also, dowelling. long, thin, round strips of wood suitable …   Australian English dictionary