dowel

noun
dow·el | \ˈdau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of dowel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pin fitting into a hole in an abutting piece to prevent motion or slipping also : a round rod or stick used especially for cutting up into dowels

2 : a piece of wood driven into a wall so that other pieces can be nailed to it

dowel

verb
dowelled also doweled; dowelling also doweling

Definition of dowel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fasten by or furnish with dowels

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For two years, Mcneill has been visiting the hand center to grasp fat wooden dowels, lift weights, pinch clips. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 Dylan and Kit also come in three leg styles (round dowel, tapered, and antenna) and finishes (matte black, matte brass, and chrome). Jenny Xie, Curbed, "This customizable furniture retailer just added a dining set," 12 June 2018 For two years, Mcneill has been visiting the hand center to grasp fat wooden dowels, lift weights, pinch clips. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 Use the punches to cutout small sandpaper circles and glue them to the craft sticks and dowels. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 26 Feb. 2018 Kneel and hold the dowel over your head, locking your elbows and pulling your shoulder blades back and down. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Back Pain Repair Manual," 22 May 2018 As anyone who’s spent an afternoon with a set of IKEA instructions and baggies full of dowels and doodads knows, sometimes words, and even pictures, aren’t enough. Nina Maclaughlin, WSJ, "‘Making Things Right’ Review: How to Build a Life," 3 May 2018 For two years, Mcneill has been visiting the hand center to grasp fat wooden dowels, lift weights, pinch clips. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 For two years, Mcneill has been visiting the hand center to grasp fat wooden dowels, lift weights, pinch clips. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dowel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dowel

Noun

Middle English dowle; akin to Old High German tubili plug, Late Greek typhos wedge

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dowel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dowel

: a pin or peg that is used for joining together two pieces of wood, metal, plastic, etc.

dowel

noun
dow·el | \ˈdau̇-əl \

Kids Definition of dowel

: a pin or peg used for fastening together two pieces of wood

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