What does bowl mean?

Definitions for bowl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bowlnoun

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

  2. bowl, troughnoun

    a concave shape with an open top

  3. bowlnoun

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

  4. bowl, bowlfulnoun

    the quantity contained in a bowl

  5. stadium, bowl, arena, sports stadiumnoun

    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

  6. bowling ball, bowlnoun

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

  7. bowlnoun

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

  8. bowl, pipe bowlnoun

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

  9. roll, bowlverb

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

  10. bowlverb

    roll (a ball)

  11. bowlverb

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

  12. bowlverb

    engage in the sport of bowling

    "My parents like to bowl on Friday nights"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowlnoun

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

  2. Bowlnoun

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

  3. Bowlnoun

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

  4. Bowlnoun

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

  5. Bowlnoun

    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. Bowlnoun

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

  7. Bowlnoun

    the game of tenpins or bowling

  8. Bowlverb

    to roll, as a bowl or cricket ball

  9. Bowlverb

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

  10. Bowlverb

    to pelt or strike with anything rolled

  11. Bowlverb

    to play with bowls

  12. Bowlverb

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

  13. Bowlverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bowl

    bōl, n. a wooden ball used for rolling along the ground.—v.t. and v.i. to play at bowls: to roll along like a bowl: to throw a ball, as in cricket.—ns. Bowl′er, one who plays at bowls: one who bowls the ball in cricket; Bowl′ing, the act of playing at bowls, or of throwing a ball, as in cricket; Bowl′ing-al′ley, a long narrow covered place for bowling; Bowl′ing-green, a green or grassy plat kept smooth for bowling. [Fr. boule—L. bulla.]

  2. Bowl

    bōl, n. a basin for domestic use, esp. of earthenware or porcelain, nearly hemispherical in shape: a large punch-bowl, for brewing punch in: a round drinking-cup, rather wide than deep—hence 'the bowl,' 'the flowing bowl,' as synonyms for conviviality; the round hollow part of anything. [A.S. bolla. See Bole.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bowl

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are a variety of bowl for sale in shops.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowl in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bowl in a Sentence

  1. Dana Perinos:

    That is a pretty good gift, you know what Im going to make this year for the Super Bowl? Reservations.

  2. Mark Keenum:

    We have bowl partnerships with our six playoff bowls, every conference has affiliations with its own set of bowls and there are contracts that are in place already, we're just past halfway under our current 12-year contract. What are all the legal issues that have to be addressed from that standpoint? We have a media partner right now, ESPN, and so ... how does this impact that relationship with that particular provider, not only for the balance of the contract, but beyond.

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    This summer temperatures will soar high and may kill many birds due to lack of water. PLEASE KEEP A BOWL OF WATER IN YOUR BALCONY , WINDOW OR IN OPEN PLACES and save their lives, instead of shooing them away. Be sensitive to all lives and MickeyMize the ecology. Share this to support life for one and all and evolve.

  4. Cam Newton:

    The media frenzy is probably bigger than I expected but yet it's the Super Bowl, the most impactful game in all of sports as you can see.

  5. Gerald Eskenazi:

    Super Bowl I's how cavalier both CBS and NBC were about it, now, the last eight Super Bowls are the eight most watched programs in the history of American television.

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