[ dou-uh l ]
/ ˈdaʊ əl /


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.

verb (used with object), dow·eled, dow·el·ing or (especially British) dow·elled, dow·el·ling.

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


un·dow·eled, adjectiveun·dow·elled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doweling

  • The construction may be further strengthened by also doweling the end of this stretcher into the legs.

    Handwork in Wood|William Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for doweling (1 of 2)



/ (ˈdaʊlɪŋ, -əlɪŋ) /

noun carpentry cabinetmaking

the joining of two pieces of wood using dowels
wood or other material in a long thin rod for cutting up into dowels

British Dictionary definitions for doweling (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdaʊəl) /


a wooden or metal peg that fits into two corresponding holes to join two adjacent partsAlso called: dowel pin

Word Origin for dowel

C14: from Middle Low German dövel plug, from Old High German tubili; related to Greek thuphos wedge
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