Definition of Dowel

1. Noun. A fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together.

Exact synonyms: Dowel Pin, Joggle
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast
Derivative terms: Joggle



Definition of Dowel

1. n. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in one piece and partly in the other, to keep them in their proper relative position.

2. v. t. To fasten together by dowels; to furnish with dowels; as, a cooper dowels pieces for the head of a cask.

Definition of Dowel

1. Noun. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in one piece and partly in the other, to keep them in their proper relative position. ¹

2. Noun. A piece of plastic (originally wood) driven into a wall so that other pieces may be screwed (or originally nailed) into it, screw anchor (US) or wall plug (UK). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dowel

1. to fasten with wooden pins [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Dowel

1. 1. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in one piece and partly in the other, to keep them in their proper relative position. 2. A piece of wood driven into a wall, so that other pieces may be nailed to it. Dowel joint, a joint secured by a dowel or dowels. Dowel pin, a dowel. See Dowel. Origin: Cf. G. Dobel peg, F. Douelle state of a cask, surface of an arch, douille socket, little pipe, cartridge. (04 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dowel

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dowel (current term)
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Literary usage of Dowel

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1. Lectures on appendicitis and notes on other subjects by Robert Tuttle Morris (1899)
"THE dowel-pin was employed in one of my cases of fracture of the clavicle, ... An impromptu dowel-pin was made from the silver bar of a watch chain. ..."

2. The Practice of Dentistry: A Practical Treatise Upon the Generalpractice of by Leo Greenbaum, Max Greenbaum (1912)
"Casting Method in Relation to the Band and dowel Crown.— The root is prepared, as previously indicated, with a stronger tendency to shorten it lingually, ..."

3. History of English Poetry from the Twelfth to the Close of the Sixteenth Century by Thomas Warton, William Carew Hazlitt, Richard Price (1871)
"Where bat dowel dwelleth • and do me bat to knowe?" If " dowel and dobet • and ... one to be kynge • to reule hem bothe ; pat jif dowel or dobet • did ..."

4. Annals of Evangelical Nonconformity in the County of Essex: From the Time of by Thomas William Davids (1863)
"Samuel dowel. One James Parkinson, who was instituted April 4, 1607, on the presentation of James I., held the rectory, and dowel was c hired 'by him as his ..."

5. The American Machinist Shop Note Book: A Collection of Articles by E.A. Suverkrop (1919)
"CORE BOX dowel PINS We have five plants situated in different locations. Four of these plants are using taper dowel-pins in core boxes and claim that they ..."

6. The Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science: Consisting of Original (1851)
"Dr. M'dowel said that as the subject of cirrhosis of the ... Dr. M'dowel remarked, that when fibrinous coagula existed in veins they were produced either by ..."

7. The Temple of Apollo Bassitas by Frederick A. Cooper (1996)
"On the west flank a dowel cutting fixes the length of the geison block at the north end at 0.50 m., and another dowel cutting fixes the one at the south end ..."

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