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 bowls (2 of 3)

Origin of bowl

2
1375–1425; late Middle English bowle, variant of boule < Middle French < Latin bulla bubble, knob; cf. boil1, bola

Definition for bowls (3 of 3)

lawn bowling


noun

a game played with wooden balls on a level, closely mowed green having a slight bias, the object being to roll one's ball as near as possible to a smaller white ball at the other end of the green.Also called bowls, bowling on the green.Compare bowl2(def 2), bowling green, jack1(def 7), rink(def 5).

Origin of lawn bowling

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for bowls (1 of 3)

bowls

/ (bəʊlz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

  1. a game played on a bowling green in which a small bowl (the jack) is pitched from a mark and two opponents or opposing teams take turns to roll biased wooden bowls towards it, the object being to finish as near the jack as possible
  2. (as modifier)a bowls tournament
skittles or tenpin bowling

British Dictionary definitions for bowls (2 of 3)

bowl

1
/ (bəʊl) /

noun

Word Origin for bowl

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

British Dictionary definitions for bowls (3 of 3)

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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