- a monk's hood
- a monk's cloak with a hood
- something shaped like a cowl; esp.,
- a hood-shaped metal cover for the top of a chimney, used to increase the draft
- the part of an automobile body to which the windshield and dashboard are fastened
- a cowling
Origin of cowlMiddle English coule ; from Old English cugle ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cuculla ; from Classical Latin cucullus, cap, hood ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover from source sky
to put a cowl on; cover with or as with a cowl
a large, two-handled tub for carrying water, usually borne on a pole
Origin of cowlMiddle English covel ; from Old French cuvele or Old English cufel, cyfl, both ; from Late Latin cupella, diminutive of Classical Latin cupa, vat, tub: see cup
- a. The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk.b. A cowl neck.
- A hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney.
- The top portion of the front part of an automobile body, supporting the windshield and dashboard.
- The cowling on an aircraft.
transitive verbcowled, cowl·ing, cowls
To cover with or as if with a cowl.
Origin of cowlMiddle English coule, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus, hood.
- A monk's hood or hooded robe
- A mask that covers the majority of the head.
- A metal protective covering that covers the engine; also cowling
- A usually hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney and prevent backflow.
- (nautical) A ship's ventilator with a bell-shaped top which can be swivelled to catch the wind and force it below
- (nautical) A vertical projection of a ship's funnel that directs the smoke away from the bridge
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