Meaning of BOWL in English


I. ˈbōl noun

Etymology: Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla; akin to Old High German bolla blister

Date: before 12th century

1. : a concave usually nearly hemispherical vessel ; specifically : a drinking vessel (as for wine)

2. : the contents of a bowl

3. : a bowl-shaped or concave part: as

a. : the hollow of a spoon or tobacco pipe

b. : the receptacle of a toilet


a. : a natural formation or geographical region shaped like a bowl

b. : a bowl-shaped structure ; especially : an athletic stadium

5. : a postseason football game between specially invited teams

• bowled ˈbōld adjective

• bowl·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English boule, from Middle French, from Latin bulla bubble

Date: 15th century


a. : a ball (as of lignum vitae) weighted or shaped to give it a bias when rolled in lawn bowling

b. plural but singular in construction : lawn bowling

2. : a delivery of the ball in bowling

3. : a cylindrical roller or drum (as for a machine)

III. verb

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb


a. : to participate in a game of bowling

b. : to roll a ball in bowling

2. : to travel smoothly and rapidly (as in a wheeled vehicle)

transitive verb


a. : to roll (a ball) in bowling


(1) : to complete by bowling

bowl a string

(2) : to score by bowling

bowl s 150

2. : to strike with a swiftly moving object

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.