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bowl 1

a. A hemispherical vessel, wider than it is deep, used for holding food or fluids.
b. The contents of such a vessel.
2. A drinking goblet.
3. A bowl-shaped part, as of a spoon or pipe.
a. A bowl-shaped topographic depression.
b. A bowl-shaped stadium or outdoor theater.
5. Football Any of various postseason games played between specially selected teams, especially at the college level.

[Middle English bowle, from Old English bolla; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bowl 2

1. A ball, traditionally made of wood, that is weighted or slightly flattened so as to roll with a bias, used in lawn bowling.
2. A roll or throw of a ball in lawn bowling and other bowling games.
3. bowls(used with a sing. verb) See lawn bowling.
4. A revolving cylinder or drum in a machine.
v. bowled, bowl·ing, bowls
a. To participate in a game of bowling: I bowl every Thursday night in a league.
b. To throw or roll a ball in a game of bowling: It's your turn to bowl.
c. To hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch toward the batsman at the other, keeping the arm straight throughout the delivery.
2. To move quickly and smoothly, especially by rolling: The sportscar bowled along through the countryside.
1. To throw or roll (a ball).
a. To make (a specified score) in bowling: placed first by bowling 237; bowled a strike in the first frame.
b. To perform (a specified amount, as a string or game) in bowling: She bowled eight frames before deciding to use a different ball.
3. To move quickly and smoothly by or as if by rolling: bowled a tire from the garage.
4. To meet or strike with or as if with the force of a rapidly rolling object: The swimmer was bowled over by the wave.
Phrasal Verbs:
bowl out
To retire (a batsman in cricket) with a bowled ball that knocks the bails off the wicket.
bowl over
1. To take by surprise.
2. To make a powerful impression on; overwhelm.

[Middle English boule, from Old French, from Latin bulla, round object.]
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n (functioning as singular)
1. (Bowls & Bowling)
a. 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
b. (as modifier): a bowls tournament.
2. (Bowls & Bowling) skittles or tenpin bowling
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bowls - a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jackbowls - a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jack
bowling - a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
bowl - a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling
jack - a small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling
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[ˈbəʊlz] n(jeu m de) boules fpl
to play bowls → jouer aux boulesbow tie [ˌbəʊˈtaɪ] nnœud m papillonbow window [ˌbəʊˈwɪndəʊ] nbow-window m (en arc de cercle), oriel m
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nBowling nt; (Italian, German) → Boccia nt; (French) → Boule nt
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[bəʊlz] nsggioco delle bocce
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(bəul) noun
a wooden ball rolled along the ground in playing bowls. See also bowls below .
1. to play bowls.
2. to deliver or send (a ball) towards the batsman in cricket.
3. to put (a batsman) out by hitting the wicket with the ball. Smith was bowled for eighty-five (= Smith was put out after making eighty-five runs).
ˈbowler noun
ˈbowling noun
(see also ninepins) the game of skittles, bowls or something similar.
bowls noun singular
a game played on a smooth green with bowls having a bias. a game of bowls.
ˈbowling-alley noun
1. a long narrow set of wooden boards along which one bowls at skittles.
2. a building which contains several of these.
ˈbowling-green noun
a smooth piece of grass for playing bowls on.
bowl over
to knock down. I was bowled over in the rush for the door; His generosity bowled me over.
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References in classic literature ?
They were kept in separate flocks; first there were the hoggets, then the oldest of the younger lambs and lastly the very young ones {80} all kept apart from one another; as for his dairy, all the vessels, bowls, and milk pails into which he milked, were swimming with whey.
And then, in proportion as he plunged deeper into the street, cripples in bowls, blind men and lame men, swarmed about him, and men with one arm, and with one eye, and the leprous with their sores, some emerging from little streets adjacent, some from the air-holes of cellars, howling, bellowing, yelping, all limping and halting, all flinging themselves towards the light, and humped up in the mire, like snails after a shower.
Johnson, the young bowler, is getting wild, and bowls a ball almost wide to the off; the batter steps out and cuts it beautifully to where cover-point is standing very deep--in fact almost off the ground.
His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it.
It was not, however, with his teaser that he bowled me that day.
Hill-food is very simple, but with buckwheat and Indian corn, and rice and red pepper, and little fish out of the stream in the valley, and honey from the flue-like hives built in the stone walls, and dried apricots, and turmeric, and wild ginger, and bannocks of flour, a devout woman can make good things, and it was a full bowl that the priest carried to the Bhagat.
Finally, he insisted upon having a bowl of rack punch; everybody had rack punch at Vauxhall.
Luffey, the highest ornament of Dingley Dell, was pitched to bowl against the redoubtable Dumkins, and Mr.
He fumbled in his bosom and drew forth a worn, wooden begging- bowl. The boys nodded.
``Come, trowl the brown bowl to me, Bully boy, bully boy, Come, trowl the brown bowl to me: Ho!
If ever I have drunk a full draught of the foaming spice- and confection- bowl in which all things are well mixed:
"If only I had not poured my medicine into Nana's bowl," said Mr.