Dow"el (?), n. [Cf. G.
döbel peg, F. douelle state of a cask, surface of
an arch, douille socket, little pipe, cartridge.]
(Mech.) 1. 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.
2. A piece of wood driven into a wall, so
that other pieces may be nailed to it.
Dowel joint, a joint secured by a dowel or
dowels. -- Dowel pin, a dowel. See
Dowel, n., 1.
Dow"el, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Doweled (?) or Dowelled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Doweling or Dowelling.] To fasten
together by dowels; to furnish with dowels; as, a cooper
dowels pieces for the head of a cask.