Definitions for: Dowel

[n] a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together

Webster (1913) Definition: Dow"el, n. [Cf. G. d["o]bel peg, F. douelle state of a
cask, surface of an arch, douille socket, little pipe,
cartridge.] (Mech.)
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, n., 1.

Dow"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doweledor Dowelled; p.
pr. & vb. n. Doweling or Dowelling.]
To fasten together by dowels; to furnish with dowels; as, a
cooper dowels pieces for the head of a cask.

Synonyms: dowel pin, joggle

See Also: fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

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