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cowl

Syllabification: cowl
Pronunciation: /koul
 
/

Definition of cowl in English:

noun

1A large loose hood, especially one forming part of a monk’s habit.
Example sentences
  • The scapula was meant to protect the chemise, and had a built in hood or cowl.
  • His cowl has a vaguely avian appearance, with a visor in the shape of a beak.
  • No face was visible from beneath the depths of the cowls.
1.1A monk’s hooded, sleeveless habit.
Example sentences
  • Anyone who ever did know the man behind the hooded cowl died long ago and in a horrible fashion.
  • Then, an army of warriors and men dressed in black cowls came from the direction of Plunder castle and sacked the town.
  • It was dressed in the black cowl of a priest.
1.2A cloak with wide sleeves worn by members of Benedictine orders.
1.3The hood-shaped covering of a chimney or ventilation shaft.
Example sentences
  • I told the council about this and they came down and put a cowl on the chimney.
  • Remove the top of the roof cowl by loosening the bolts.
  • These cowls would be used where rain and/or birds or other pests are a problem.
1.4The part of a motor vehicle that supports the windshield and houses the dashboard.
Example sentences
  • There's little to no cowl shake, even on imperfect roads.
  • Overall, the instruments are well positioned, and twin cowls for the main dials add to the car's overall sporting theme.
  • The exterior mirrors have been removed from the doors and attached, instead, to the body-side cowl, greatly reducing vibration.
1.5 another term for cowling.
Example sentences
  • Externally, the most noticeable difference between the 172 and the 175 is the slight hump on the engine cowl behind the propeller.
  • In order to ensure a very smooth fuselage line, the windscreen started immediately behind the cowl.
  • From the landing gear, a single bracing wire extended into the cowl and was fixed to the motor mount.

Origin

Old English cugele, cūle, from ecclesiastical Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus 'hood of a cloak'.

Derivatives

cowled

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • They all fell silent as a tall older man wearing a black cowled robe stepped down in front of the rows of benches…
  • Within its tomb-like confines stood four faceless forms shrouded in the folds of richly woven and cowled black robes.
  • Suddenly a cowled man appeared above him, chanting in a strange language.

Words that rhyme with cowl

afoul, befoul, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, prowl, Rabaul, scowl, yowl

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