[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. dowager's hump,
  2. dowden,
  3. dowden, edward,
  4. dowding,
  5. dowdy,
  6. doweling,
  7. dowell,
  8. dower,
  9. dower chest,
  10. dower house

Origin of dowel

1300–50; Middle English dowle < Middle Low German dovel plug; compare German Döbel, Dübel, Old High German tubili

Related formsun·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



/ (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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for doweling



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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