American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sharp-toothed wheel inserted into the end of the shank of a spur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . A small wheel, ring, or circle.
- n. The wheel of a horseman's spur, armed with pointed rays.
- n. A roller on the mouthpiece of an old form of bit for horses.
- n. In farriery, a seton inserted in the flesh of an animal. Rowels are made of horsehair, leather, and sometimes of silk, as is the practice with setons inserted in the human body.
- n. The spiked wheel of some forms of soil-pulverizers and wheel-harrows.
- To use the rowel on; put spurs to.
- In farriery, to apply a rowel to.
- To furnish with a rowel, as a spur.
- n. The small spiked wheel on the end of a spur.
- v. transitive To use a rowel on something, especially to drain fluid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The little wheel of a spur, with sharp points.
- n. A little flat ring or wheel on horses' bits.
- n. (Far.) A roll of hair, silk, etc., passed through the flesh of horses, answering to a seton in human surgery.
- v. (Far.) To insert a rowel, or roll of hair or silk, into (as the flesh of a horse).
- n. a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur
- Old French roel, from late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota ‘wheel’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French roelle, diminutive of roue, wheel, from Latin rota. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They are of blue steel inlaid with strips of silver, and the rowel is a sort of cogged wheel, from an inch and a half to three inches in diameter.”
“We all know about her rowel in the White House Administration with Rahm Emanuel, well she seems to be spreading the wealth around.”
“Carry the youth to the presence, and I will remain here, with bridle in hand, ready to strike the spurs up to the rowel-heads, in case the hawk flies my way. —”
“So, he's going to have to rowel up the crowd and prosecute that case against John McCain.”
“It was caked and corroded with rust, worn almost paper-thin, but he knew it for what it was -- a spur-rowel, unmistakably Spanish with its long cruel points.”
People of the Dark
“I had no spurs, neither was my horse one to need the rowel; I rather held him in than urged him, for he was fresh as ever; and I knew that the black steed in front, if he breasted the steep ascent, where the track divided, must be in our reach at once.”
“Wild with his wrong, he struck the rowel deep into the flank of his wading horse, and in scorn of the depth drove him up the river.”
“I measured one which was six inches in the diameter of the rowel, and the rowel itself contained upwards of thirty points.”
“Dig your spurs in my body up to the rowel, draw your sword, and keep yourself ready, for we shall have to leap over both bridge and dragon.”
“She bounced them in her hand, in her mind's eye seeing Ocean Foam rear, spilling her father (one spur catches in a stirrup; the rowel breaks free), then stumbling sideways and falling atop him.”
Wizard and Glass
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