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bowl

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noun \ˈbōl\

Definition of bowl

  1. 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. 2 :  the contents of a bowl ate a bowl of rice

  3. 3 :  a bowl-shaped or concave part: such asa :  the hollow of a spoon or tobacco pipeb :  the receptacle of a toilet cleaning toilet bowls

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

  5. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Household Terms


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bowl

noun

Definition of bowl

  1. 1a lawn bowling :  a ball (as of lignum vitae ) weighted or shaped to give it a bias (see 1bias 2a) when rolledb bowls plural in form but singular in construction :  lawn bowling playing bowls

  2. 2 :  a delivery of the ball in bowling

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

Origin and Etymology of bowl

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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bowl

verb

Definition of bowl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to participate in a game of bowling bowls every Thursday nightb :  to roll a ball in bowling your turn to bowl

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

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  to roll (a ball) in bowlingb (1) :  to complete by bowling bowl a spare (2) :  to score by bowling bowls 150

  6. 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


First Known Use: 15th century



BOWL Defined for English Language Learners


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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

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noun \ˈbōl\

Definition of bowl for Students

  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 for Students

bowled

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bowling

  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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