Definition of dowel
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
Recent Examples of dowel from the Web
Rope is looped around metal dowels called belaying pins that sit in a horizontal steel bar called a pin rail.
A herd of wildebeests was fashioned from dowels and cardboard wildebeest heads.
Three times a day on weekdays, and twice as often on weekends, gallery attendants will push a button and let some of the wires and dowels boogie.
Stick the wooden dowel rod through the ball and attach the Styrofoam cone to the rod.
The items banned are: Metal pipes Baseball or softball bats Lengths of lumber or wood of any size Wooden dowelsPoles Bricks Rocks Glass bottles Pepper spray (OC spray)
Plastic Easter eggs Gold leaf marker Hot glue gun (and wooden dowel if necessary) Hexagon tile Potting soil Succulents Remove the top half of a plastic Easter egg and discard or save for another project.
Shinto tradition also dictates that the shrines be rebuilt every 20 years, using wooden dowels and interlocking joints instead of nails, and only priests and members of Japan’s imperial family are allowed inside the inner sanctums.
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Origin and Etymology of dowel
Middle English dowle; akin to Old High German tubili plug, Late Greek typhos wedge
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of dowel
: to fasten by or furnish with dowels
DOWEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dowel for English Language Learners
: a pin or peg that is used for joining together two pieces of wood, metal, plastic, etc.
DOWEL Defined for Kids
Definition of dowel for Students
: a pin or peg used for fastening together two pieces of wood
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