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bowl

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noun \ˈbōl\

Definition of bowl

  1. 1 :  a concave usually nearly hemispherical vessel; specifically :  a drinking vessel (as for wine)

  2. 2 :  the contents of a bowl

  3. 3 :  a bowl-shaped or concave part: as a :  the hollow of a spoon or tobacco pipe b :  the receptacle of a toilet

  4. 4 a :  a natural formation or geographical region shaped like a bowl b :  a bowl-shaped structure; especially :  an athletic stadium

  5. 5 :  a postseason football game between specially invited teams

bowled play \ˈbōld\ adjective
bowl·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun


Origin of bowl

Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla; akin to Old High German bolla blister


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Household Terms


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bowl

noun

Definition of bowl

  1. 1 a :  a ball (as of lignum vitae) weighted or shaped to give it a bias when rolled in lawn bowling b plural but sing in constr :  lawn bowling

  2. 2 :  a delivery of the ball in bowling

  3. 3 :  a cylindrical roller or drum (as for a machine)



Origin of bowl

Middle English boule, from Middle French, from Latin bulla bubble


First Known Use: 15th century


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bowl

verb

Simple Definition of bowl

  • : to roll (a ball) towards something especially in the game of bowling or lawn bowling

  • : to play the game of bowling

  • : to get (a score) in a game of bowling

Full Definition of bowl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to participate in a game of bowling b :  to roll a ball in bowling

  3. 2 :  to travel smoothly and rapidly (as in a wheeled vehicle)

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to roll (a ball) in bowling b (1) :  to complete by bowling <bowl a string> (2) :  to score by bowling <bowls 150>

  6. 2 :  to strike with a swiftly moving object

Examples of bowl

  1. I don't think I can bowl a 12-pound ball.

  2. We bowl every Thursday night.

  3. Do you like to bowl?

  4. I haven't bowled since I was a kid.

  5. She usually bowls around 150.



15th Century

First Known Use of bowl

15th century



BOWL Defined for Kids

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bowl

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noun \ˈbōl\

Definition of bowl

  1. 1 :  a round hollow dish without handles

  2. 2 :  the contents of a bowl <I ate a bowl of cereal.>

  3. 3 :  something in the shape of a bowl (as part of a spoon or pipe)




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bowl

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verb

Definition of bowl

bowledbowl·ing

  1. 1 :  to play a game of bowling

  2. 2 :  to move rapidly and smoothly <The car bowled down the hill.>

bowl over
  1. 1 :  to hit and push down while moving quickly

  2. 2 :  to surprise or impress very much





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