[ bohl ]
/ boʊl /
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
bowl over, to surprise greatly: We were bowled over by the news.
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British Dictionary definitions for bowl over (1 of 3)
verb (tr, adverb)
informal to surprise (a person) greatly, esp in a pleasant way; astound; amazehe was bowled over by our gift
to knock (a person or thing) down; cause to fall over
British Dictionary definitions for bowl over (2 of 3)
/ (bəʊl) /
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
Old English bolla; related to Old Norse bolli, Old Saxon bollo
British Dictionary definitions for bowl over (3 of 3)
/ (bəʊl) /
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
Word Origin for bowl
C15: from French boule, ultimately from Latin bulla bubble
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Idioms and Phrases with bowl over
Astonish, surprise greatly, overwhelm, as in I was simply bowled over by their wonderful performance. This term originated in cricket, where it means “to knock all the bails off the wicket.” [Mid-1800s]
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