Origin of dowelMiddle 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
- 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.
transitive verbdow·eled, dow·el·ing, dow·els also dow·elled or dow·el·ling
- To fasten or align with dowels: table legs that are doweled to the top.
- To equip with dowels.
Origin of dowelMiddle 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).
- 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.
- A wooden rod, as one to make short pins from.
- (construction) A piece of wood or similar material fitted into a surface not suitable for fastening so that other pieces may fastened to it.
(third-person singular simple present dowels, present participle dowelling, simple past and past participle dowelled)
- To fasten together with dowels.
- To furnish with dowels.
- A cooper dowels pieces for the head of a cask.
From Middle English dule, of uncertain origin. Compare French douelle, douille, from Middle French douille, from Old French doelle (“the hollow part of a tool where the handle is fixed”), from Old Frankish *dulja (“hollow tube, pipe”), from Proto-Germanic *dulją (“pipe”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰel- (“curvature, hollow”). Alternate etymology derives Middle English dule, from Middle Low German dovel (“plug, tap”), related to German Döbel (“chub”).