a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc.
the contents of a bowl: a bowl of tomato soup.
a rounded, cuplike, hollow part: the bowl of a pipe.
a large drinking cup.
festive drinking; conviviality.
any bowl-shaped depression or formation.
an edifice with tiers of seats forming sides like those of a bowl, having the arena at the bottom; stadium.
Also called bowl game . a football game played after the regular season by teams selected by the sponsors of the game, usually as representing the best from a region of the country: the Rose Bowl.
Typography. a curved or semicircular line of a character, as of a, d, b, etc.
to give (a floor) a gentle inclination on all sides toward some area, as a stage or platform.
- bowllike, adjective
Other definitions for bowl (2 of 2)
one of the balls, having little or no bias, used in playing ninepins or tenpins.
one of the biased or weighted balls used in lawn bowling.
to play at bowling or bowls; participate in or have a game or games of bowling.
to roll a bowl or ball.
to move along smoothly and rapidly.
Cricket. to deliver the ball to be played by the batsman.
to roll or trundle, as a ball or hoop.
to attain by bowling: He bowls a good game.She usually bowls a 120 game, but today she bowled 180.
to knock or strike, as by the ball in bowling (usually followed by over or down).
to carry or convey, as in a wheeled vehicle.
Cricket. to eliminate (a batsman) by bowling (usually followed by out): He was bowled for a duck.He was bowled out for a duck.
bowl over, to surprise greatly: We were bowled over by the news.
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How to use bowl in a sentence
When the marketing guy decided to work from his dining room because it “helped him think” to be able to pour himself a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal whenever he felt the urge, he didn’t have to get permission from management.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
Like Goldilocks chasing down that perfect bowl, Williams is among a dedicated class of professional and amateur cooks around the world who compete each year to serve the best bowl of, essentially, gruel.
By day, ski off 11,000-foot peaks with narrow chutes, aspen groves, and wide-open bowls.
Once that’s done, spoon the rice into a bowl, crack two raw eggs atop it, and add some soy sauce and furikake.
Of course, the situation could change by the time the college football season kicks off or before the bowl games begin at the end of this year and into 2021.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding | Carla Hall | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Place the thinly sliced shallots in a medium bowl and pour buttermilk over to coat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole | Carla Hall | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prepare a large bowl with water and ice along with a strainer.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole | Carla Hall | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Combine the cold butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor.
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
Each man in the room was smoking a pipe, which consisted of a brass bowl and a reed stem over three feet long.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Yet though discharged from drinking himself, he was not hindered from making a bowl of punch to his friends.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
The old highway followed the very brink of the Punch bowl, and was in winter-time extremely dangerous for coaches.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
We were shown how the bowl or vase was burned, shrinking to nearly half its size in the process.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The first and largest of these had a thick bamboo stem, an amber mouthpiece, and a tiny, disproportionate bowl of brass.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for bowl (1 of 2)
a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc
Also: bowlful the amount a bowl will hold
the rounded or hollow part of an object, esp of a spoon or tobacco pipe
any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
mainly US a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
a bowl-shaped depression of the land surface: See also dust bowl
a drinking cup
British Dictionary definitions for bowl (2 of 2)
a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, having flattened sides, one side usually being flatter than the other in order to make it run on a curved course
a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling
to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, esp by throwing underarm along the ground
(intr usually foll by along) to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
Also: bowl out to dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
(intr) to play bowls or tenpin bowling
(tr) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount): he bowled 120
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