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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).]


(Building) a wooden or metal peg that fits into two corresponding holes to join two adjacent parts. Also called: dowel pin
[C14: from Middle Low German dövel plug, from Old High German tubili; related to Greek thuphos wedge]


(ˈdaʊ əl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. Also called dow′el pin`. a pin, usu. round, fitting into holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent their slipping or to align them.
2. a round wooden rod of relatively small diameter.
3. to reinforce or furnish with dowels.
[1300–50; < Middle Low German dovel plug, c. Old High German tubili]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowel - a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them togetherdowel - a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place


[ˈdaʊəl] Nclavija f


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Hew also many bent timbers, and bring home a plough-tree when you have found it, and look out on the mountain or in the field for one of holm-oak; for this is the strongest for oxen to plough with when one of Athena's handmen has fixed in the share-beam and fastened it to the pole with dowels.
Among several types of timber connections available, dowel-type connections, using bolt or nails, or wooden dowels are the most common in practice.
In this study, the resistances of dowels and screws, which are used in a widespread manner as joining material at the corners of ready-to-assemble furniture, were investigated against tensile and compression resistances in the diagonal direction.
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1d) and dowels made for connecting wood-based panels like particleboard (PB), medium density fibreboard (MDF), or solid wood panels at the point of assembly and disassembly [2].
Zhang and Eckelman have developed the expressions for estimating the bending strength as a function of number of dowels used, dowel diameter, and depth of insertion [8].
When you make dowel joints, it can be difficult to test the fit of the joint, because the dowels often fit so tight the joint is hard to disassemble.
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Almost anyone can push the dowels in without tools, Koelling said.