Definition of dowel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dowel

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdaʊəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊəl//
 
(also dowel rod)
 
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a small piece of wood, plastic, etc. in the shape of a cylinder, used to fix larger pieces of wood, plastic, etc. together Word Origin Middle English: perhaps from Middle Low German dovel.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dowel