Three bright red bowls.
- The definition of a bowl is a deep circular dish, or something in that shape.
- An example of a bowl is a container that holds cereal while one is eating.
- An example of a bowl is an amphitheater where musical and theatrical performances are held.
- An example of a bowl is a stadium where bowl games are played.
- Bowl means to throw a ball down a lane to knock over pins for sport.
An example of bowl is to knock down five of ten pins with a ball.
- a deep, rounded container or dish, open at the top
- the capacity or contents of a bowl
- a thing or part shaped like a bowl; specif.,
- the rounded or hollow part of a spoon or smoking pipe
- the basin of a toilet
- a hollow land formation
- ☆ in full bowl game
- an amphitheater or stadium
- any of various football games played annually after the regular season between teams selected for their superior records
- Archaic a large drinking vessel
Origin of bowlMiddle English bolle ; from Old English bolla, cup, bowl ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to swell, inflate (see ball); influenced, influence in Old English by Classical Latin bulla, bubble, ball
- the wooden ball rolled at the target ball, or jack, in the game of lawn bowling: it is weighted or shaped to give it a bias when rolling
- a roll of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling
- a roller, drum, or wheel, as in some machines
Origin of bowlMiddle English and amp; Old French boule ; from Classical Latin bulla, bubble, knob: see boil
- to participate or take a turn in bowling or lawn bowling
- to roll a ball with an underhand motion, as in bowling or lawn bowling
- to move swiftly and smoothly: the car bowled steadily along
- Cricket to throw a ball to the batsman
- to throw so as to make roll; roll
- to make a score of in bowling: to bowl 180
- to cause to move along swiftly and smoothly, as on wheels
- Cricket to put (a batsman out) by bowling the balls off the wicket
- to knock over with or as with something rolled
- Informal to astonish and confuse; stagger: the election results bowled them over
- a. A hemispherical vessel, wider than it is deep, used for holding food or fluids.b. The contents of such a vessel.
- A drinking goblet.
- A bowl-shaped part, as of a spoon or pipe.
- a. A bowl-shaped topographic depression.b. A bowl-shaped stadium or outdoor theater.
- Football Any of various postseason games played between specially selected teams, especially at the college level.
Origin of bowlMiddle English bowle, from Old English bolla; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A large wooden ball weighted or slightly flattened so as to roll with a bias.
- A roll or throw of this ball, as in bowling.
- bowls (used with a sing. verb) See lawn bowling.
- A revolving cylinder or drum in a machine.
verbbowled, bowl·ing, bowls
- a. To participate in a game of bowling.b. To throw or roll a ball in bowling.c. To hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch toward the batsman at the other, keeping the arm straight throughout the delivery.
- To move quickly and smoothly, especially by rolling: The children bowled along on their bicycles.
- To throw or roll (a ball).
- a. To achieve (a specified score) by bowling.b. To perform (a specified amount, as a string or game) in bowling.
- To move quickly and smoothly by or as if by rolling: bowled a tire from the garage.
- To meet or strike with or as if with the force of a rapidly rolling object.
Origin of bowlMiddle English boule, from Old French, from Latin bulla, round object.
- A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
- As much as is held by a bowl.
- You can’t have any more soup - you’ve had three bowls already.
- A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
- A round crater (similar) in the ground.
- The part of a spoon that holds content, as opposed to the handle.
- a part of a pipe or bong packed with marijuana for smoking
- Let's smoke a bowl!
- (American football) a major game between leading teams in their respective leagues (i.e. Rose Bowl, Superbowl)
From Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla, bolle (“bowl, cup, pot, beaker, measure”), from Proto-Germanic *bullô, *bullǭ (“ball, round vessel, bowl”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhl-, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to blow, inflate, swell, bubble”). Cognate with North Frisian bol (“bun, bread roll”), Middle Low German bolle, bole (“round object”), Dutch bol (“ball, sphere, scoop, dot”), German Bolle (“bulb”), Danish bolle (“bowl, bread roll”), Icelandic bolli (“cup”).
(third-person singular simple present bowls, present participle bowling, simple past and past participle bowled)
- To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
- (intransitive) To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).
- To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels.
- We were bowled rapidly along the road.
- To pelt or strike with anything rolled.