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[dou-uh l] /ˈdaʊ əl/
Also called dowel pin. Carpentry. a pin, usually round, fitting into holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent their slipping or to align them.
a piece of wood driven into a hole drilled in a masonry wall to receive nails, as for fastening woodwork.
a round wooden rod of relatively small diameter.
Dentistry. a peg, usually of metal, set into the root canal of a natural tooth to give additional support to an artificial crown.
verb (used with object), doweled, doweling or (especially British) dowelled, dowelling.
to reinforce or furnish with a dowel or dowels.
Origin of dowel
1300-50; Middle English dowle < Middle Low German dovel plug; compare German Döbel, Dübel, Old High German tubili
Related forms
undoweled, adjective
undowelled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dowel
  • To make the axles, use a wood screw to hold the center of each can to a half-inch-diameter wooden dowel.
  • One stem at a time, place the cuttings inside the dowel circle.
  • Trim the edges to round them, then glue them around the wood stem or dowel.
  • Reduced number of dowel bar across transverse joints.
  • Alternative dowel bar materials for transverse joint load transfer.
  • The next few photos show the dowel bar retrofit pavement rehabilitation process.
  • Alternatively, dowel bars may be mechanically placed by the paving machine.
  • Alternate dowel bar systems reduce the distress from corrosion that is characteristic of epoxy-coated dowel bars.
  • Several studies are looking at alternative dowel bar materials.
  • Align the dowel pin in the bottom half of the breakaway with the dowel pin guide located in the top half of the breakaway.
British Dictionary definitions for dowel


a wooden or metal peg that fits into two corresponding holes to join two adjacent parts Also called dowel pin
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German dövel plug, from Old High German tubili; related to Greek thuphos wedge
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Word Origin and History for dowel

mid-14c., dule "rim or section of a wheel," perhaps akin to Middle Low German dovel "plug, tap" (of a cask). Modern meaning is first attested 1794.

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