Pronunciation: (dou'ul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
1. Also called dow'el pin". Carpentry.a 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. Dentistry.a peg, usually of metal, set into the root canal of a natural tooth to give additional support to an artificial crown.
to reinforce or furnish with a dowel or dowels.
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