bowl

1
[ bohl ]
/ boʊl /

noun

verb (used with object)

to give (a floor) a gentle inclination on all sides toward some area, as a stage or platform.

Origin of bowl

1
before 950; Middle English bolle, Old English bolla; cognate with Old Norse bolli. See boll

Related forms

bowl·like, adjective

Definition for bowl (2 of 2)

Origin of bowl

2
1375–1425; late Middle English bowle, variant of boule < Middle French < Latin bulla bubble, knob; cf. boil1, bola
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British Dictionary definitions for bowl (1 of 2)

bowl

1
/ (bəʊl) /

noun

Word Origin for bowl

Old English bolla; related to Old Norse bolli, Old Saxon bollo

British Dictionary definitions for bowl (2 of 2)

bowl

2
/ (bəʊl) /

noun

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

verb

See also bowl over, bowls

Word Origin for bowl

C15: from French boule, ultimately from Latin bulla bubble
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