There are 2 definitions of bowl in English:


Syllabification: bowl
Pronunciation: /bōl


1A round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid: a mixing bowl a sugar bowl
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  • Whatever happened to the classic kitchen table method using a salt and pepper pot, a sugar bowl and a vinegar bottle?
  • Pour liquid into a large bowl and mix in tomato juice, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Put the sugar into the bowl of the food mixer, separate the eggs and add the yolks to the sugar.
dish, basin, pot, crock, mortar; container, vessel, receptacle
1.1The contents of a bowl: huge bowls of steaming spaghetti
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  • However, until then you can content yourself with giant bowls of hot noodles.
  • Those of us who survive mainly on bowls of cereal don't know whom to thank for last month's 29-cent drop in the local price of a gallon of milk.
  • Not only were we giving out warm blankets to the residents, we were also providing over 1,000 bowls of hot pho ga (chicken noodle soup).
1.2 [usually in names] A decorative round dish awarded as a prize in a competition: the McGeorge Rose Bowl
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  • Andrew said he was ‘totally surprised’ at his win and the award, a beech bowl carved by youngsters involved in the trust.
  • Quiz bowl competitions can be extremely tense affairs, with down to the line finishes and shattered dreams.
  • Last week, Fukuda took home another award - an engraved silver bowl from Tiffany.
1.3A rounded, concave part of an object: a toilet bowl the bowl of a spoon
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  • They unscrewed a Mason jar inside a toilet bowl to get that hollow, massive echo.
  • She was sitting on the closed lid of the toilet bowl, wounds far from being cleaned, clothes sweat-drenched and dirty.
  • Sometimes I'd just like to dunk my face in the toilet bowl, slam the lid on it; and commit sewercide!
1.4 Geography A natural basin.
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  • Her wings had long since begun to ache when she finally crossed the circle of mountains into the natural bowl beyond.
  • It was a mile-long track, kidney shaped, roughly on the alignment of the present road circuit in a natural bowl of giving spectators wonderful viewing.
  • Where the road was, the house seemed to be at the bottom of a shallow bowl of weeds and terrain.
2 [in names] chiefly US A stadium for sporting or musical events: the Hollywood Bowl
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  • But the stadium is a bowl with two tiers all the way round and it's kind of on top of you.
  • Cleveland has a fresh face and while Pittsburgh is in the process of ditching the Three Rivers' stadium, it is not to build a space-age out-of-town bowl or dome.
  • The defence which resisted Holland in the orange bowl of the arena for two hours last week was breached three times at home by Denmark during the qualifying campaign.
2.1A football game played after the regular season between leading or all-star teams: [as modifier]: their last four bowl games
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  • There's still a chance for the Big Ten to place nine teams in bowl games this season.
  • Some schools will actually have lay-offs of between five and six weeks between the regular season and their bowl game!
  • You have your teams in the bowl games that are strong; anyone one can beat anybody on that level.


Old English bolle, bolla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bol 'round object', also to boll.



Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
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  • At lunchtime at St Peter's Primary School in East Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire, the children pile chopped tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce on their plates from the huge bowlfuls laid out every lunchtime.
  • The light-brown bean and garlic dip tasted better than it looked… and we were soon asking for some more chips to finish off the bowlfuls.
  • The other is a ruthless, self-serving dealmaker, a fat cat determined to have bowlfuls of cream.

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There are 2 definitions of bowl in English:


Syllabification: bowl
Pronunciation: /


A ball made slightly asymmetrical so that it runs on a curved course, used in the game of lawn bowling.
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  • You will find there is less catchment area for the wind to affect the bowl on its course.
  • He came back with a bruise on his cheek where the troll had hit him with a wooden bowl, and grinning like a mad man.
  • Arun groaned, a sound that redoubled in frustration as he saw the wooden bowl resting on the ground.


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1 [with object] Roll (a ball or hoop) along the ground: she snatched her hat off and bowled it ahead of her like a hoop
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  • At dawn alert next day Suwanti chained the dogs away from a round jungle-green enigma then bowled the baby into the hedge to its kind.
  • Are they enjoying their comfy suburb, maybe walking the dog through their local park, burning a few snags, or just bowling a few balls to their kids?
  • This from a little boy with home-made stumps bowling tennis balls.
2 [no object] Play the game of bowling: I usually bowl Tuesday nights
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  • Before, he only went bowling about one night a month.
  • She couldn't believe she was spending a perfectly good Friday night bowling.
  • So I took that picture when we took the kids bowling last night.
2.1Achieve (a certain score) in tenpin bowling: she bowled a 162 high game
3 [with object] Cricket (Of a bowler) propel (the ball) with a straight arm towards the batsman, typically in such a way that the ball bounces once: Lillee bowled another bouncer [no object]: Sobers bowled to Willis
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  • The floodlit one-day international between West Indies and New Zealand A at Bristol was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of persistent heavy rain.
  • It was re-arranged to take place at the HSBC Bank Sports Club ground at Beckenham last month - but was again rained off, without a ball being bowled.
  • Challengers Windermere and Warton were due to come head-to-head for the first time this summer but not a ball was bowled at Windermere because of the conditions.
3.1 (also bowl someone out) Dismiss (a batsman) by knocking down the wicket with the ball that one has bowled: Stewart was bowled for 33 in the one-day international
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  • On the other side of it, what if an illegal-action bowler bowls a batsman out consistently?
  • He is bowled for a duck in his final Test innings
  • The home side made a bright start with 64 for the first wicket where Rob Taylor was bowled for 41.
4 [no object] Move rapidly and smoothly in a specified direction: they bowled along the country roads
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  • Graham and I took a wing each, and bowling along down the slope we got up enough speed and launched the lumbering thing into the void.
  • Do you realise, my darling inflated panther, that now you can go bowling in any direction you like?
  • When I first see her she's bowling along a Soho street, looking late and anxious, in a pair of hippy maroon cords and a flappy purple jumper.


late Middle English (in the general sense 'ball'): from Old French boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble'.

Phrasal verbs

bowl someone over

Knock someone down.
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  • they fling themselves onto an unsuspecting Connor, bowling him over and knocking him against a wall
  • Drake gasped as the woman's knee came up quickly to connect with his midsection, knocking the wind out of him and bowling him over.
  • The spectre shoved the corpse into a nearby gathering of troops, surprising them briefly when he charged into them, bowling them to the ground.
knock down/over, fell, floor, prostrate
informal Completely overwhelm or astonish someone, for example by one’s good qualities or looks: when he met Angela, he was just bowled over by her
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  • Speaking from his base in New York, the Wet, Wet, Wet frontman with the twinkly eyes and winning smile, explained he was bowled over by the quality of the songs in Chicago.
  • Rather, it was built to impress man, bowl him over with its magnitude, and remind him what an insignificant twit he really is.
  • Once again I was bowled over by the quality of the dancers.
overwhelm, astound, astonish, overawe, awe, dumbfound, stagger, stun, amaze, daze, shake, take aback, leave aghast
informal floor, flabbergast, blow away

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