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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
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undoweled, adjective
undowelled, adjective Unabridged
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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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