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A sharp-toothed wheel inserted into the end of the shank of a spur.

[Middle English, from Old French roelle, diminutive of roue, wheel, from Latin rota; see ret- in Indo-European roots.]

row′el v.


1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a small spiked wheel attached to a spur
2. (Veterinary Science) vet science obsolete a piece of leather or other material inserted under the skin of a horse to act as a seton and allow drainage
vb (tr) , -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) to goad (a horse) using a rowel
4. (Veterinary Science) vet science obsolete to insert a rowel in (the skin of a horse) to allow drainage
[C14: from Old French roel a little wheel, from roe a wheel, from Latin rota]


(ˈraʊ əl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur.
2. to prick or urge with a rowel.
3. to goad or prod.
[1350–1400; Middle English rowelle < Old French röelle < Latin rot(a) wheel]


Past participle: rowelled
Gerund: rowelling

I rowel
you rowel
he/she/it rowels
we rowel
you rowel
they rowel
I rowelled
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he/she/it rowelled
we rowelled
you rowelled
they rowelled
Present Continuous
I am rowelling
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he/she/it is rowelling
we are rowelling
you are rowelling
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Present Perfect
I have rowelled
you have rowelled
he/she/it has rowelled
we have rowelled
you have rowelled
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Past Continuous
I was rowelling
you were rowelling
he/she/it was rowelling
we were rowelling
you were rowelling
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Past Perfect
I had rowelled
you had rowelled
he/she/it had rowelled
we had rowelled
you had rowelled
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I will rowel
you will rowel
he/she/it will rowel
we will rowel
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Future Perfect
I will have rowelled
you will have rowelled
he/she/it will have rowelled
we will have rowelled
you will have rowelled
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Future Continuous
I will be rowelling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rowelling
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rowelling
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rowelling
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you had been rowelling
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I would rowel
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Past Conditional
I would have rowelled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rowel - a small spiked wheel at the end of a spurrowel - a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur
gad, spur - a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
References in classic literature ?
Forth steps a rowel queer- looking little fellows, wearing square-skirted coats and small-clothes, with buttons at the knee.
of the rowel, and the rowel itself contained upwards of thirty points.
I must overtake him, if I kill my horse," thought the musketeer; and he began to saw the mouth of the poor animal, whilst he buried the rowels of his merciless spurs into his sides.
And so it rowels me awake until the appointed time.
But when the swift Pequod, with a fresh leading wind, was herself in hot chase; how very kind of these tawny philanthropists to assist in speeding her on to her own chosen pursuit, -- mere riding-whips and rowels to her, that they were.
And the travelers buried their rowels in their horses' flanks, who thus vigorously stimulated recovered their energies.
There have been used in this cage," continued the other, "two hundred and twenty great bolts of iron, of nine feet, and of eight, the rest of medium length, with the rowels, caps and counterbands appertaining to the said bolts; weighing, the said iron in all, three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-five pounds; beside eight great squares of iron, serving to attach the said cage in place with clamps and nails weighing in all two hundred and eighteen pounds, not reckoning the iron of the trellises for the windows of the chamber wherein the cage hath been placed, the bars of iron for the door of the cage and other things.
Notable dignitaries present at the Opening Ceremony included DTI Undersecretary Rowel Barba, AKC Secretary General Kim Young-Sun, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dongman, Ambassador Hernandez, and Commercial Counsellor Emmanuel Ang, Head of the PTIC in Seoul.
Also at the meeting were Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, BOI Managing Head and DTI Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo, and DTI Undersecretaries Nora Terrado and Rowel Barba.
Terrado, DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo, DTI Undersecretary Rowel S.
And it allows a Garthwaite hammer, which on the outside has a rowel shape reasonably close to the burr of the original Browning's, but more to the point, has other advantages we'll get to shortly.
During the match Tommy Rowel, waiting to get onto his mark, had a quick cast off the Half Moon Rocks with some scraps of bait and took a fine bass of 3lb.