howel

1 of 2

noun

how·​el
ˈhau̇(ə)l
plural -s
1
: a cooper's plane having a convex sole for smoothing the insides of casks and for chamfering, crozing, and chiming
2
: a rounded cut above and below the croze in a barrel stave

howel

2 of 2

transitive verb

"
howeled or howelled; howeled or howelled; howeling or howelling; howels
: to smooth with a howel

Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably from Low German höwel plane, from Middle Low German hövel; akin to Old High German hubil hill, Old English hȳf beehive

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“Howel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/howel. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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