bowl

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1bowl

noun \ˈbōl\

Definition of BOWL

1
:  a concave usually nearly hemispherical vessel; specifically :  a drinking vessel (as for wine)
2
:  the contents of a bowl
3
:  a bowl-shaped or concave part: as
a :  the hollow of a spoon or tobacco pipe
b :  the receptacle of a toilet
4
a :  a natural formation or geographical region shaped like a bowl
b :  a bowl-shaped structure; especially :  an athletic stadium
5
:  a postseason football game between specially invited teams
bowled \ˈbōld\ adjective
bowl·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Origin of BOWL

Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla; akin to Old High German bolla blister
First Known Use: before 12th century

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2bowl

noun

Definition of BOWL

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
:  a delivery of the ball in bowling
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

3bowl

verb

: 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

intransitive verb
1
a :  to participate in a game of bowling
b :  to roll a ball in bowling
2
:  to travel smoothly and rapidly (as in a wheeled vehicle)
transitive verb
1
a :  to roll (a ball) in bowling
b (1) :  to complete by bowling <bowl a string>
(2) :  to score by bowling <bowls 150>
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.

First Known Use of BOWL

15th century

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