Definition of Rowel

1. Noun. A small spiked wheel at the end of a spur.

Group relationships: Gad, Spur
Generic synonyms: Wheel



Definition of Rowel

1. n. The little wheel of a spur, with sharp points.

2. v. t. To insert a rowel, or roll of hair or silk, into (as the flesh of a horse).

Definition of Rowel

1. Noun. The small spiked wheel on the end of a spur. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To use a rowel on something, especially to drain fluid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rowel

1. to prick with a spiked wheel in order to urge forward [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Rowel

1. 1. The little wheel of a spur, with sharp points. "With sounding whip, and rowels dyed in blood." (Cowper) 2. A little flat ring or wheel on horses' bits. "The iron rowels into frothy foam he bit." (Spenser) 3. A roll of hair, silk, etc, passed through the flesh of horses, answering to a seton in human surgery. Origin: OF. Roele, rouele, properly, a little wheel, F. Rouelle collop, slice, LL. Rotella a little wheel, dim. Of L. Rota a wheel. See Roll, and cf. Rota. To insert a rowel, or roll of hair or silk, into (as the flesh of a horse). Origin: Roweled or Rowelled; Roweling or Rowelling. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rowel

rowdier
rowdies
rowdiest
rowdily
rowdiness
rowdinesses
rowdy
rowdydow
rowdydowdy
rowdydows
rowdyish
rowdyism
rowdyisms
rowed
roweite
rowel (current term)
roweled
roweling
rowelled
rowelling
rowels
rowen
rowens
rower
rowers
rowhouse
rowhouses
rowing
rowing boat
rowing boats

Literary usage of Rowel

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1. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"once the apace of л fortnight, and if the home amend not with this, then rowel him with a ... rowel, or el»e with a qui], ..."

2. The Sportsman's Dictionary: Or The Gentleman's Companion: for Town and ...Sports (1800)
"rowel, the goad or pricks of a ... ends of the rowel together ^ move and draw them to and fro in the ikin ; but before you put ... Should a rowel-have been ..."

3. Vital Records of Bradford, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 by Bradford (Haverhill, Mass.), Bradford (Mass.), Topsfield Historical Society (1907)
"Sarah, Mrs., and Capt. Simeon Cole of Boxford, Nov. 28, 1826. rowel, and Tamer Jennings, Dec. 12, 1813. ..."

4. Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and by White Kennett, Thomas Delafield (1818)
"... confirmed by Alice his mother, in another charter dated at rowel, 5. Id. Feb. 1285'. ... rowel ..."

5. An Elementary Grammar of the Greek Language: Containing a Series of Greek by Raphael Kühner (1846)
"Perf. resumes the long rowel, both in uncontracted verb» >nd in contract pure verbs ... rowel ..."

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