- The definition of an owl is a nocturnal bird of prey with forward-facing eyes and a hooded beak.
A flat-faced bird that comes out at night and hoots is an example of an owl.
A great horned owl.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English owle from Old English ule, akin to German eule from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ul- from source Classical Latin ulula, owl, ululare, to howl
- owllike adjective
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- Any of various often nocturnal birds of prey of the order Strigiformes, having hooked and feathered talons, large heads with short hooked beaks, large eyes set forward, and fluffy plumage that allows for almost noiseless flight.
- Any of a breed of domestic pigeons resembling owls.
Origin: Middle English owle, from Old English ūle, of imitative origin.
owl - Computer Definition
(1) (Web Ontology Language) Extensions to the RDF language used to describe data on the Web. OWL provides a formal description of the meaning of the terminology used. Every OWL document is an RDF document. However, "OWL Full" documents are supersets of RDF, while "OWL Lite" and "OWL DL" (description logistics) are subsets. Why Isn't W-eb O-ntology L-anguage WOL? Because OWL sounds better and is also reminiscent of William A. Martin's One World Language project of the 1970s. OWL was developed to provide one description language for the World Wide Web. See RDF and SPARQL.
(2) (ObjectWindows Library) A class library of Windows objects from Borland that serves as an application framework for developing Windows applications in C++. It is the Borland counterpart of the Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC).
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