- 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.
Three bright red bowls.
bowl definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- bowllike adjective
- 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: Middle 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
bowl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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.
- 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: Middle English boule, from Old French, from Latin bulla, round object.
bowl - Phrases/Idioms
- to knock over with or as with something rolled
- Informal to astonish and confuse; stagger the election results bowled them over