verb (used with object), row·eled, row·el·ing or (especially British) row·elled, row·el·ling.
Origin of rowel
Examples from the Web for rowel
Mrs. Rowel and the unfortunate James Woodruff stood equally astonished.
Scarcely had the rowel reached his side, when down he fell, sending me head foremost over his neck into the water.Arthur O'Leary|Charles James Lever
Once more the rowel was in his flanks, once more an unseen hand reined him toward the east.McTeague|Frank Norris
Queed knew of but one club which could drive him to agree to it, one goad which could rowel him to the height.Queed|Henry Sydnor Harrison
I am afraid, Mr. Rowel, the case is a very serious one indeed.
British Dictionary definitions for rowel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Word Origin for rowel
Word Origin and History for rowel
"pointed wheel on a spur," mid-14c., from Old French roelle, roel (Modern French rouelle), "small wheel" (see roulette).