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bowl

noun \ ˈbōl \

Definition of bowl

1 :a concave usually nearly hemispherical vessel :a rounded container that is usually larger than a cup
  • a soup bowl
  • a set of mixing bowls
; specifically :a drinking vessel (as for wine)
2 :the contents of a bowl
  • ate a bowl of rice
3 :a bowl-shaped or concave part: such as
a :the hollow of a spoon or tobacco pipe
b :the receptacle of a toilet
  • cleaning toilet bowls
4 a :a natural formation or geographical region shaped like a bowl
b :a bowl-shaped structure; especially :an athletic stadium
5 football :a postseason game between specially invited teams
  • college bowl games

bowled

play \ˈbōld\ adjective

bowlful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Origin and Etymology of bowl

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

Other Household Terms


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bowl

noun

Definition of bowl

1 a lawn bowling :a ball (as of lignum vitae) weighted or shaped to give it a bias (see 1bias 2a) when rolled
b bowls plural in form but singular in construction :lawn bowling
  • playing bowls
2 :a delivery of the ball in bowling
3 :a cylindrical roller or drum (as for a machine)

Origin and Etymology of bowl

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


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bowl

verb

Definition of bowl

intransitive verb
1 a :to participate in a game of bowling
  • bowls every Thursday night
b :to roll a ball in bowling
  • your turn to bowl
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 spare
(2) :to score by bowling
  • bowls 150
2 :to strike with a swiftly moving object
  • being bowled over by a base runner

Examples of bowl in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of bowl

see 2bowl

bowl Synonyms



BOWL Defined for English Language Learners

bowl

verb

Definition of bowl for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOWL Defined for Kids

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bowl

noun \ ˈbōl \

Definition of bowl for Students

1 :a round hollow dish without handles
2 :the contents of a bowl
  • I ate a bowl of cereal.
3 :something in the shape of a bowl (as part of a spoon or pipe)

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bowl

verb

Definition of bowl for Students

bowled; bowling
1 :to play a game of bowling
2 :to move rapidly and smoothly
  • The car bowled down the hill.
bowl over
1 :to hit and push down while moving quickly
2 :to surprise or impress very much


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