Thow"el\, Thowl \Thowl\, n. [See Thole.] (Naut.) (a) A thole pin. (b) A rowlock.

I would sit impatiently thinking with what an unusual amount of noise the oars worked in the thowels. --Dickens.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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