- Also called dowel pin. Carpentry. a pin, usually round, fitting into holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent their slipping or to align them.
- a piece of wood driven into a hole drilled in a masonry wall to receive nails, as for fastening woodwork.
- a round wooden rod of relatively small diameter.
- Dentistry. a peg, usually of metal, set into the root canal of a natural tooth to give additional support to an artificial crown.
- to reinforce or furnish with a dowel or dowels.
Origin of dowel
1300–50; Middle English dowle < Middle Low German dovel plug; compare German Döbel, Dübel, Old High German tubili
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Examples from the Web for dowel
Dowel, Dobet and Dobest have two or three different meanings.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
The dowel should be dipped in glue and inserted when the glue is applied to the joint.
A-1 is the distance from the working edge of the rail to the first dowel.
Duledge was also used for dowel, the wooden pin connecting the felloes.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Bore the holes in the posts and the railing for the dowel pins.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
- a wooden or metal peg that fits into two corresponding holes to join two adjacent partsAlso called: dowel pin
C14: from Middle Low German dövel plug, from Old High German tubili; related to Greek thuphos wedge
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Word Origin and History for dowel
mid-14c., dule "rim or section of a wheel," perhaps akin to Middle Low German dovel "plug, tap" (of a cask). Modern meaning is first attested 1794.
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