American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually round pin that fits tightly into a corresponding hole to fasten or align two adjacent pieces.
- n. A piece of wood driven into a wall to act as an anchor for nails.
- v. To fasten or align with dowels: table legs that are doweled to the top.
- v. To equip with dowels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden or metallic pin or tenon used for securing together two pieces of wood, Stone, etc. Corresponding holes fitting the dowel being made in each of the two pieces, one half of the pin is inserted into the hole in the one piece, and the other piece is then thrust home on it. The dowel may serve either as a permanent attachment of the two pieces joined, or as a shifting one; in the latter case one end is secured by glue and the other is left free, as in the movable leaves of an extension table.
- n. A piece of wood driven into a wall to receive nails of skirtings, etc.; a dook.
- To fasten together, as two boards, by pins inserted in the edges: as, to dowel pieces which are to form the head of a cask. Sometimes written dowl.
- 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.
- n. A wooden rod, as one to make short pins from.
- n. construction A piece of wood or similar material fitted into a surface not suitable for fastening so that other pieces may fastened to it.
- v. transitive To fasten together with dowels.
- v. transitive To furnish with dowels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mech.) 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.
- n. A piece of wood driven into a wall, so that other pieces may be nailed to it.
- v. To fasten together by dowels; to furnish with dowels.
- n. a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together
- Middle English doule, part of a wheel, perhaps from Middle Low German dovel, plug, or from Old French doele, barrel stave (diminutive of douve, from Late Latin doga, vessel, from Greek dokhē, recepticle, from dekhesthai, to take. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I use a 4 foot long, 1 inch hardwood dowel from the hardware store.”
“Opening dough with a dowel is harder than it looks.”
“Turned pins are left on the shaft and the base, and these are secured at the joint by the use of a double-pointed screw called a dowel screw.”
“The "block running through the body" of a banjo is generally called the dowel stick.”
“As handles for canes and umbrellas, treat the same as for hooks and leave the wood long to form a dowel which is glued or inserted in cane or umbrella, a metal band covering the end of the skin.”
“The cloths are made from 1-square-meter corduroy attached to a wooden dowel which is dragged along the trail's edges.”
“Sadly, I believe Lehigh Vall ey wheels are no longer in production, and in the ensuing time 2 of the 6 bobbins have gotten out of alignment or something, but they stick badly on the center metal "dowel" around which they need to spin on the flyer.”
“We found little hobby horses at the dollar store, but you could get them to make cardboard ones and just tape them to dowel, using ribbon for the mane – then they have a craft and a game.”
“How did someone get a dowel running the length of the nursemaid's head, neck and chest inside the wax without decapitating her?”
“Let it dry completely, leave the figure and dowel in place, then coat them and the exposed face [top] of the mold with more “release agent”, so the poured halves can be separated before the casting of the piece.”
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