dowel

noun
dow·​el | \ ˈdau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce dowel (audio) \

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

Examples of dowel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hot-glue the alternating points to the center, top with a button, and attach to a dowel. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 June 2022 The beech for the dowel had been dried down to six per cent. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Karl Lenhardt developed an expander dowel locking system that tightened and loosened with a twist. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 And trees don’t have to be cut down for their rings to be seen; samples can be taken from living trees with an increment borer, a long, thin instrument that extracts a dowel-like cutting without harming a tree. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 No, a guy walks into a gallery, carrying a bar — a wooden dowel painted in bright stripes of color. Christina Catherine Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Instead of a baseball bat, stickball players use a dowel or a broomstick to hit a rubber handball, which is smaller than a baseball. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 The ice picks — usually a large wooden dowel with a nail inserted in one end — lets an angler who’s broken through the ice to pull himself from the water. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Cut one 6-inch piece and six 5-inch pieces from a 1-inch-diameter dowel. Amber Kemp-gerstel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If the stem is very weak, use a stick or dowel as a splint to prevent the stem from breaking off. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2022 Cut 1x2 into eight 36-inch pieces, then cut 3/8-inch dowel rods into 12-inch lengths. Chelsea Evers, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Apr. 2021 Plug the holes with 3⁄8-inch dowel glued into place and trimmed flush [8]. Ted Kilcommons, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2020 For a classic spiral design, place your finger or dowel rod in the center of the shirt and start turning clockwise until the entire shirt reaches a spiral design. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2020 Kay would have had to carefully dowel these cuts together, and then shape them into a perfectly round wheel. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 6 May 2020 The great room, which features tongue-and-groove, doweled rafters above matching Koa floors, provides plenty of room to entertain, but the downstairs game room is where the real fun happens. Liv Sotheby's International Realty, The Denver Post, 20 Dec. 2019 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dowel. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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dowel

noun
dow·​el | \ ˈdau̇-əl How to pronounce dowel (audio) \

Kids Definition of dowel

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

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