Meaning of dowel

dow•el

Pronunciation: (dou'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling.
—n.
  1. Also calleda pin, usually round, fitting into holes in two adjacent pieces to prevent their slipping or to align them.
  2. a piece of wood driven into a hole drilled in a masonry wall to receive nails, as for fastening woodwork.
  3. a round wooden rod of relatively small diameter.
  4. a peg, usually of metal, set into the root canal of a natural tooth to give additional support to an artificial crown.
—v.t.
  1. to reinforce or furnish with a dowel or dowels.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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