- 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.
Origin of bowl1
- 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.
- bowls, (used with a singular verb) lawn bowling.
- a delivery of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling.
- (formerly) a rotating cylindrical part in a machine, as one to reduce friction.
- 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.
Origin of bowl2
Related Words for bowldish, pot, basin, urn, crock, casserole, vessel, boat, tureen, porringer, saucer, whirl, rotate, fling, hurl, pitch, revolve, spin, throw, trundle
Examples from the Web for bowl
Contemporary Examples of bowl
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
December 28, 2014
Combine the cold butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and melt, stirring to combine.
He gives them daily reminders to be careful and to keep a bowl of water mixed with Clorox by the door.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
Historical Examples of bowl
As for me, not a foot will I budge, till I have seen thee empty that bowl.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Every bowl, tray, warming-pan, and piggin has gone to the mines.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
When it has doubled in bulk, remove it from the bowl and knead it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Kitty paused in the hall, playing with the roses in a bowl upon the table.The Bacillus of Beauty
Kingozi, nursing the bowl of his pipe, continued to stare up at him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- 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 surfaceSee also dust bowl
- a drinking cup
- intoxicating drink
Word Origin for bowl
- 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 outto 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
Word Origin for bowl
Word Origin and History for bowl
Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl," from Proto-Germanic *bul- "a round vessel" (cf. Old Norse bolle, Old High German bolla), from PIE *bhl-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).