bowlbowl1 /bəʊl $ boʊl/ ●●●S2W3 noun1containerCONTAINER [countable]DHH a wideroundcontainer that is open at the top, used to hold liquids, food, flowers etc → dishMix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl.Fill the bowl with water.a mixing/serving bowl (=a bowl used for mixing foods or serving them)Beat the butter in a mixing bowl until creamy and soft.a soup/salad/cereal etc bowl (=a bowl to eat or serve soup, salad etc from)2AMOUNTamount [countable] (also bowlful)TM the amount of something contained in a bowlbowl ofa bowl of ricea bowl of fruit3GAMEgamea)DSO bowls British English [plural] an outdoor game played on grass, in which you try to roll big balls as near as possible to a small ballSYN lawn bowling American Englishb)[countable usually singular]DSA a special game in Americanfootball played by the best teams after the normal playing seasonthe Rose Bowl4BALLball [countable] British EnglishDS a ball that you use in the game of bowls5shapeSHAPE [countable]C the part of an object such as a spoon, pipe, toilet etc that is shaped like a bowlthe bowl of a pipea toilet/lavatory bowl6stadiumSPORT [countable usually singular] American EnglishDS a large stadium shaped like a bowl, where people go to watch special events such as sports games or musicconcertsthe Hollywood BowlCOLLOCATIONStypes of bowla soup/cereal/pudding bowl (=for eating soup, cereal etc from)These work well as pasta or cereal bowls.a salad/sugar/fruit bowl (=for serving salad etc)There are some apples in the fruit bowl if you want one.a mixing bowl (=for mixing foods)Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.a serving bowl (=for serving foods)She put the strawberries in a glass serving bowl.a washing-up bowl (=for washing the dishes in)a plastic washing-up bowla wooden/china/glass etc bowlI broke a china bowl.
bowlbowl2 verb1[intransitive, transitive]DS to roll a ball along a surface when you are playing the game of bowls2DSCa)[intransitive, transitive] to throw a ball at the batsman (=the person who hits the ball) in cricket → batb)[transitive] to make a batsman have to leave the field by throwing a ball so that it hits the wicketbehind him► see thesaurus at throw3[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to travel along very quickly and smoothlybowl along/downWe were bowling along at about 90 miles per hour. →bowl somebody ↔ out →bowl somebody ↔ over→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
bowl• The batsman straightened up as Warne came in to bowl.• The dismissal of Andrew Flintoff, bowled by Streak for a duck, is cause for more long-termconcern.• How cheerily, how hilariously, O my Captain, would we bowl on our way to see old Nantucket again!• When the Kiwis were bowled out for 102 in their first innings the writing was on the wall.• At Bristol, Gloucestershire won their match with Cheshire by 204 runs, bowling out the visitors for just 68.• Heaton Mersey Village visited Wayfarers and scored 142 all out, a total they successfully defendedbowling out Wayfarers for 112.• They gave the ball to Jerome Bettis and let him bowl over the Bengals in Cincinnati.• He's a very aggressivebowler -- he always bowls the ball straight at the batsman's body.bowl along/down• After a very short time, he stopped, and laid the bowl down.• The moonappears for fleeting seconds, the night speeds up frantically, the cloudsbowl along and vulnerability replaces control.• Gabby came bowling down Jim's driveway in a truck.• Security come running over as they see us all bowled along miserably before it.• She put the bowl down on top of a chest of drawers standing next to the bed and folded her arms.• As the bikesbowled down the darklane, so the circle of the sky seemed to wheel the other way.• He set the bowl down, then lifted the boy gently, cradling him in a half-sitting position.• We set off at ten, collectedCoconut and bowled along to the woods.Originbowl1Old Englishbollabowl2(1400-1500)bowl“ball used in bowling”((15-21 centuries)), from Old Frenchboule, from Latinbulla“bubble”