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dowel Syllabification: dow·el
Pronunciation: /ˈdou(ə)l/

Definition of dowel in English:


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A peg of wood, metal, or plastic without a distinct head, used for holding together components of a structure.
Example sentences
  • A rambling collection of old log buildings put together with wood dowels, the Gakona Lodge and Trading Post dates back to 1904 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Five or six head staves are fitted together with wooden dowels or stainless steel gudgeons (headless nails) Then the head is cut to size, usually slightly oval in shape.
  • Yet they were only partly assembled - fitted together using dowels and tongue-in-groove joints - and their loose branches were propped against the wall.

verb (dowels, doweling, doweled ; British dowels, dowelling, dowelled)

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Fasten with a dowel or dowels.
Example sentences
  • Its seat is comprised of tongue-and-groove pieces, while the leg stretchers are doweled into place.
  • Turned feet were doweled into blocks glued to the case, with the dowels frequently extending into the case itself.
  • In total, about ten miles of 150-foot FRP rods were dowelled into the shared silo walls and embedded in epoxy adhesive.


Middle English: perhaps from Middle Low German dovel.

Words that rhyme with dowel

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

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