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dow·el  audio  (doul) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A usually round pin that fits tightly into a corresponding hole to fasten or align two adjacent pieces.
  2. A piece of wood driven into a wall to act as an anchor for nails.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
dow·eled, dow·el·ing, dow·els, also dow·elled dow·el·ling dow·els
  1. To fasten or align with dowels: table legs that are doweled to the top.
  2. To equip with dowels.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle 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 dokh, recepticle, from dekhesthai, to take; see dek- in Indo-European roots)


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