- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 and History for bowl over
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).
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]