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rowel Line breaks: rowel
Pronunciation: /ˈraʊ(ə)l/

Definition of rowel in English:


A spiked revolving disc at the end of a spur.
Example sentences
  • Through the fifteenth century rowels became smaller and spur necks became longer.
  • This is very nice cavalry spur: it still has the rowel on the back, which is sharp & functional.
  • Spiller’s customers can choose from more than 30 spur designs and rowels.

verb (rowels, rowelling, rowelled; US rowels, roweling, roweled)

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Use a rowel to urge on (a horse): he rowelled his horse on as fast as he could
More example sentences
  • Bates roweled his horse and disappeared down the street in a dead run.
  • In order to compel greater obedience, riders attach a small spiked wheel at the end of the spur called a rowel which digs into the animal's undersides causing excruciating pain and bloody gashes from being rowelled too hard.


Middle English: from Old French roel(e), from late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota 'wheel'.

Words that rhyme with rowel

avowal, Baden-Powell, bowel, disembowel, dowel, Howell, Powell, towel, trowel, vowel
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