verb (used with object), row·eled, row·el·ing or (especially British) row·elled, row·el·ling.
Origin of rowel
Related Words for rowelprod, tease, coerce, harass, hound, provoke, force, propel, move, sting, thrust, arouse, prompt, animate, whip, exhort, irritate, sound, encourage, trigger
Examples from the Web for rowel
Historical Examples of rowel
A few horse-hairs twisted and caught in the sharp points of the rowel.Susy, A Story of the Plains
The rowel of his spur rattled as he jerked his foot up and down at the ankle.A Tar-Heel Baron
Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
Rowel threw the whole weight of his body upon him to stop that tongue.
I am afraid, Mr. Rowel, the case is a very serious one indeed.
"From the very nature of things, my dear," Mr. Rowel replied.Colin Clink, Volume I (of III)
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Word Origin for rowel
"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).