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1. A usually round pin that fits tightly into a corresponding hole to fasten or align two adjacent pieces.
2. A piece of wood driven into a wall to act as an anchor for nails.
tr.v. dow·eled, dow·el·ing, dow·els also dow·elled or dow·el·ling
1. To fasten or align with dowels: table legs that are doweled to the top.
2. To equip with dowels.

[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, receptacle, from dekhesthai, to take; see dek- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈdaʊlɪŋ; -əlɪŋ) or


1. (Building) the joining of two pieces of wood using dowels
2. (Building) wood or other material in a long thin rod for cutting up into dowels
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Noun1.doweling - fastening by dowels
fastening, attachment - the act of fastening things together
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The company will demonstrate rapid case construction utilizing nesting, banding, boring and doweling, and clamping for case assembly.
The dowels were of uniform section from end to end, that is, they had been processed through a doweling machine.
We used 1/8 -inch doweling at the base of the pyramid, and the inner hoop of a 12-inch-diameter embroidery hoop for the cylinder.