Meaning of BOWL in English


I. ˈbōl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla; akin to Old High German bolla blister, Old Norse bolli bowl, Old English blāwan to blow — more at blow

1. : a rounded hollow vessel usually nearly hemispherical in form and generally deeper than a basin and larger or heavier than a cup ; specifically : a drinking vessel of this shape

come and fill the flowing bowl

2. : the contents of a bowl

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

a. : the hollow of a spoon, oar, tobacco pipe, flagon, candlestick

b. : the part or parts of such letters as O, b, d, p, q, g, B that are closed curves ; also : the space enclosed by the closed curves

c. : the receptacle of a toilet


a. : a natural formation (as a valley) or geographical region shaped like a bowl

the Western dust bowl

b. : a bowl-shaped structure (as an amphitheater) often formed by excavation ; especially : an athletic stadium

c. : a postseasonal football game between specially invited teams

a bowl invitation

bowl squad

d. : a floor surface sloping toward a center (as in a theater)

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English boule, bowle, from Middle French boule, from Latin bulla bubble — more at poll (head)


a. obsolete : sphere , globe

b. : a usually lignum vitae ball that is weighted or shaped so as to give it a bias when rolled in lawn bowling

c. bowls plural but singular in const : lawn bowling

d. bowls plural but singular in construction , Scotland : marbles

2. : a cast or delivery of the ball down the green or alley (as in bowling) ; also : a turn in the game of bowling

3. : a cylindrical roller or drum variously used (as for an antifriction wheel or bearing or in pairs as a means of drawing or pressing fabrics in manufacture)

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English bowlen, from boule, bowle

intransitive verb

1. : to participate in the game of bowls or any of various bowling games (as tenpins)

2. : to roll a ball down the alley (as in tenpins) or along the green (as in lawn bowling)

3. : to move on or as if on wheels especially smoothly and rapidly — usually with along

bowling along the highway in a bus

4. : to deliver a cricket ball from behind the bowling crease to the batsman with a smooth movement of the arm

transitive verb


a. : to send rolling along the ground or down a green or an alley

b. : to complete by bowling

bowl a string

: achieve by bowling

bowl a 300 game

: score by bowling

bowls a steady 150

2. : to deliver (a cricket ball) to the batsman


a. : to strike with or as if with a swiftly rolling object especially so as to displace

bowled over by a runaway horse

bowled aside by a man dashing blindly for the exit

b. : to overwhelm or stun especially with surprise : dismay suddenly : disconcert — usually used with over

he was completely bowled over by the news


a. : to put out (a cricket batsman) with a bowled ball that breaks the wicket — often used with out

b. chiefly Britain : to put out of action : defeat finally or utterly — often used with out or down

bowled out only by death itself

bowl down an opponent in a debate

- bowl over the wicket

- bowl round the wicket

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.