dowel definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English doule, probably akin to Middle Low German dövel, German döbel, a plug ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheubh-, a peg, wooden pin from source dub
dowel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A usually round pin that fits tightly into a corresponding hole to fasten or align two adjacent pieces.
- A piece of wood driven into a wall to act as an anchor for nails.
- To fasten or align with dowels: table legs that are doweled to the top.
- To equip with dowels.
Origin: 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, recepticle, from dekhesthai, to take; see dek- in Indo-European roots).