Rowel
Rowel Row"el, n. [OF. roele, rouele, properly, a little wheel, F. rouelle collop, slice, LL. rotella a little wheel, dim. of L. rota a wheel. See {Roll}, and cf. {Rota}.] 1. The little wheel of a spur, with sharp points. [1913 Webster]

With sounding whip, and rowels dyed in blood. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. A little flat ring or wheel on horses' bits. [1913 Webster]

The iron rowels into frothy foam he bit. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. (Far.) A roll of hair, silk, etc., passed through the flesh of horses, answering to a seton in human surgery. [1913 Webster]


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  • Rowel — Row el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Roweled}or {Rowelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Roweling} or {Rowelling}.] (Far.) To insert a rowel, or roll of hair or silk, into (as the flesh of a horse). Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rowel — [rou′əl] n. [ME rowelle < OFr roele: see ROULETTE] a small, revolving wheel with sharp projecting points, forming the end of a spur vt. roweled or rowelled, roweling or rowelling to spur or prick (a horse, etc.) with or as with a rowel …   English World dictionary

  • rowel — pointed wheel on a spur, mid 14c., from O.Fr. roelle small wheel (see ROULETTE (Cf. roulette)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rowel — /row euhl/, n., v., roweled, roweling or (esp. Brit.) rowelled, rowelling. n. 1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur. See illus. under spur1. 2. Vet. Med. a piece of leather or the like inserted beneath the skin… …   Universalium

  • rowel — row·el || raÊŠÉ™l n. small spiked wheel or disk at the end of a spur v. use a rowel to urge; prick with a rowel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rowel — /ˈraʊəl / (say rowuhl) noun 1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur (def. 1). 2. Veterinary Science a piece of leather or the like inserted beneath the skin of a horse or other animal, to cause a discharge. –verb… …   Australian English dictionary

  • rowel — n. & v. n. 1 a spiked revolving disc at the end of a spur. 2 a circular piece of leather etc. with a hole in the centre inserted between a horse s skin and flesh to discharge an exudate. v.tr. (rowelled, rowelling; US roweled, roweling) 1 urge… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rowel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English rowelle, from Anglo French roele small wheel more at roulette Date: 15th century a revolving disk with sharp marginal points at the end of a spur II. transitive verb ( eled or elled; eling or elling) Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rowel — 1. noun /raʊəl/ The small spiked wheel on the end of a spur. , 1819, The deep and sharp rowels with which Ivanhoe’s heels were now armed, began to make the worthy Prior repent of his courtesy Walter Scott, Ivanhoe 2. verb /raʊəl/ To use a rowel… …   Wiktionary

  • rowel — [ raʊ(ə)l] noun a spiked revolving disc at the end of a spur. verb (rowels, rowelling, rowelled; US rowels, roweling, roweled) use a rowel to urge on (a horse). Origin ME: from OFr. roel(e), from late L. rotella, dimin. of L. rota wheel …   English new terms dictionary

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