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Meaning of bowl by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /bəʊl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /boʊl/
      Rhymes: -əʊl

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla, bolle ( “bowl, cup, pot, beaker, measure” ), from Proto-Germanic *bullô, *bullōn ( “ball, round vessel, bowl” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhl-, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- ( “to blow, inflate, swell, bubble” ). Cognate with North Frisian bol ( “bun, bread roll” ), Middle Low German bolle, bole ( “round object” ), Dutch bol ( “ball, sphere, scoop, dot” ), German Bolle ( “bulb” ), Danish bolle ( “bowl, bread roll” ), Icelandic bolli ( “cup” ) .


    bowl ( plural: bowls )

    1. A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items .
    2. As much as is held by a bowl .
      You can’t have any more soup - you’ve had three bowls already .
    3. A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape .
    4. A round crater ( or similar ) in the ground .
    5. The part of a spoon that holds content, as opposed to the handle .
    6. a part of a pipe or bong packed with marijuana for smoking
      Let's smoke a bowl!
    7. ( US football ) a major game between leading teams in their respective leagues ( i.e. Rose Bowl, Superbowl )
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English bowle, boule, from Old French boule ( “ball” ), from Latin bulla ( “bubble, stud, round object” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bōul- ( “bubble, round object” ). Cognate with Middle Low German poll ( “head, top, summit” ). More at poll .


    bowl ( plural: bowls )

    1. The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls .
    2. The action of bowling a ball .
    3. ( in the plural:, but used with a singular verb ) The game of bowls .
    4. ( US football ) an important annual game, such as the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, or the Super Bowl


Explanation of bowl by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. engage in the sport of bowling

    2. My parents like to bowl on Friday nights
    3. hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end

    4. roll ( a ball )

    1. the act of rolling something ( as the ball in bowling )

    2. a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods

    3. a round vessel that is open at the top

    4. a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco

    5. a wooden ball ( with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course ) used in the game of lawn bowling

    6. a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling

    7. a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

    8. the quantity contained in a bowl

    9. a concave shape with an open top