Definitions for Bowlboʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc.

    Category: Ceramics

  2. the contents of a bowl.

  3. a rounded, cuplike, hollow part:

    the bowl of a pipe.

  4. a large drinking cup.

    Category: Ceramics

  5. any bowl-shaped depression or formation.

  6. amphitheater; stadium.

  7. Also called bowl′ game`. an invitational postseason football game between two superior teams or for all-stars.

    Category: Sport

Origin of bowl:

bef. 950; ME bolle, OE bolla; c. ON bolli. See boll



  1. one of the biased or weighted balls used in lawn bowling.

    Category: Sport

  2. bowls, (used with a sing. v.)

    Category: Sport

    Ref: lawn bowling.

  3. a delivery of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling.

    Category: Sport

  4. (v.i.)to play at bowling or lawn bowling.

    Category: Sport

  5. to move along smoothly and rapidly.

  6. Cricket. to deliver the ball to be played by the batsman.

    Category: Sport

  7. (v.t.)to roll or trundle, as a ball or hoop.

  8. to attain by bowling:

    She bowls a good game.

    Category: Sport

  9. to knock or strike, as by the ball in bowling.

  10. bowl over, to surprise greatly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of bowl:

1375–1425; late ME bowle, var. of boule < MF < L bulla bubble, knob; cf. boil1, bola

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bowl(noun)

    a round vessel that is open at the top; used chiefly for holding food or liquids;

  2. bowl, trough(noun)

    a concave shape with an open top

  3. bowl(noun)

    a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods

  4. bowl, bowlful(noun)

    the quantity contained in a bowl

  5. stadium, bowl, arena, sports stadium(noun)

    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

  6. bowling ball, bowl(noun)

    a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling

  7. bowl(noun)

    a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling

  8. bowl, pipe bowl(noun)

    a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco

  9. roll, bowl(verb)

    the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)

  10. bowl(verb)

    roll (a ball)

  11. bowl(verb)

    hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end

  12. bowl(verb)

    engage in the sport of bowling

    "My parents like to bowl on Friday nights"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bowl(noun)ʊl

    a round dish for food

    a cereal/soup bowl; a bowl of rice

  2. bowlʊl

    an open-topped liquid container

    a toilet bowl

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowl(noun)

    a concave vessel of various forms (often approximately hemispherical), to hold liquids, etc

  2. Bowl(noun)

    specifically, a drinking vessel for wine or other spirituous liquors; hence, convivial drinking

  3. Bowl(noun)

    the contents of a full bowl; what a bowl will hold

  4. Bowl(noun)

    the hollow part of a thing; as, the bowl of a spoon

  5. Bowl(noun)

    a ball of wood or other material used for rolling on a level surface in play; a ball of hard wood having one side heavier than the other, so as to give it a bias when rolled

  6. Bowl(noun)

    an ancient game, popular in Great Britain, played with biased balls on a level plat of greensward

  7. Bowl(noun)

    the game of tenpins or bowling

  8. Bowl(verb)

    to roll, as a bowl or cricket ball

  9. Bowl(verb)

    to roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels; as, we were bowled rapidly along the road

  10. Bowl(verb)

    to pelt or strike with anything rolled

  11. Bowl(verb)

    to play with bowls

  12. Bowl(verb)

    to roll a ball on a plane, as at cricket, bowls, etc

  13. Bowl(verb)

    to move rapidly, smoothly, and like a ball; as, the carriage bowled along


  1. Bowl

    A bowl is a round, open-top container used in many cultures to serve food, and is also used for drinking and storing other items. They are typically small and shallow, although some, such as punch bowls and salad bowls, are larger and often intended to serve many people. Bowls have existed for thousands of years. Very early bowls have been found in China, Ancient Greece, Crete and in certain Native American cultures. Modern bowls can be made of ceramic, metal, wood, plastic, and other materials. Their appearance can range from very simple designs of a single color to sophisticated artwork.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bowl' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4202

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bowl' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3052

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bowl' in Nouns Frequency: #1400

Translations for Bowl

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a round, deep dish eg for mixing or serving food etc

a baking-bowl; a soup bowl.

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