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Troweled vs Roweled - What's the difference?

troweled | roweled |

As verbs the difference between troweled and roweled

is that troweled is past tense of trowel while roweled is past tense of rowel.



Alternative forms

* (UK) trowelled


  • (US) (trowel)

  • trowel



    (en noun)
  • A mason’s tool, used in spreading and dressing mortar, and breaking bricks to shape them.
  • A gardener’s tool, shaped like a scoop, used in taking up plants, stirring soil etc.
  • I need to dig a hole for these begonias; would you pass me that trowel ?
  • A tool used for smoothing a mold.
  • Derived terms

    * pointing-trowel


  • To apply a substance with a trowel.
  • ''He troweled the coarse mix with a twist, leaving a pattern of arcs.
  • * 2014 , Steve Rose, " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream - first look review", The Guardian , 1 July 2014:
  • The whole Planet of the Apes set-up has been ripe for metaphor – from slavery and Afro-American revolution to European conquest of the Americas, even the war on terror. But mercifully, there's no big subtext being troweled on here.




  • (rowel)
  • Anagrams





    (en noun)
  • The small spiked wheel on the end of a spur.
  • * 1819', '', '''1833 , ''The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott , Volume 3, page 121,
  • The deep and sharp rowels with which Ivanhoe’s heels were now armed, began to make the worthy Prior repent of his courtesy,.
  • * 1939 , , The Cosmological Eye , page 246,
  • The dry desert of my native land, her men grey and gaunt, their spines twisted, their feet shod with rowel and spur.
  • * 1973 , , page 892,
  • The Lone Ranger will storm in at the head of a posse, rowels tearing blood from the stallion’s white hide, to find his young friend, innocent Dan, swinging from a tree limb by a broken neck.
  • * 1992 , , page 62,
  • He nodded at the Americans. Buena suerte, he said. He put the long rowels of his spurs to the horse and they moved on.
  • A little flat ring or wheel on a horse's bit.
  • * 1590', '', Book 1: ''Knight of the Red Cross'', '''1850 , ''Edmund Spenser's Knight of the Red Cross; or Holiness , page 74,
  • The iron rowels into frothy foam he bit.
  • A roll of hair, silk, etc., passed through the flesh of a horse in the manner of a seton in human surgery.
  • Verb

  • To use a rowel on something, especially to drain fluid.
  • To incite, to goad.
  • * 1941 , , page 240,
  • He would have been completely ignorant of what was going on if Frank, periodically roweled by the viciously anti-labor stand of the Pittsburgh newspapers, hadn't felt the need of an audience.


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