1. A concave vessel of various forms (often approximately hemispherical), to hold liquids, etc.
Brought them food in bowls of basswood. --Longfellow.
2. Specifically, a drinking vessel for wine or other spirituous liquors; hence, convivial drinking.
3. The contents of a full bowl; what a bowl will hold.
4. The hollow part of a thing; as, the bowl of a spoon.
1. A ball of wood or other material used for rolling on a level surface in play; a ball of hard wood having one side heavier than the other, so as to give it a bias when rolled.
2. pl. An ancient game, popular in Great Britain, played with biased balls on a level plat of greensward.
Like an uninstructed bowler, . . . who thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it. --Sir W. Scott.
3. pl. The game of tenpins or bowling. [U.S.]
Bowl v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowled p. pr. & vb. n. Bowling.]
1. To roll, as a bowl or cricket ball.
Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven. --Shak.
2. To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels; as, we were bowled rapidly along the road.
3. To pelt or strike with anything rolled.
Alas, I had rather be set quick i' the earth,
And bowled to death with turnips░ --Shak.
To bowl (a player) out, in cricket, to put out a striker by knocking down a bail or a stump in bowling.
Bowl, v. i.
1. To play with bowls.
2. To roll a ball on a plane, as at cricket, bowls, etc.
3. To move rapidly, smoothly, and like a ball; as, the carriage bowled along.
n 1: a round vessel that is open at the top; used for holding
fruit or liquids or for serving food
2: a concave shape with an open top [syn: trough]
3: a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods
4: the quantity contained in a bowl [syn: bowlful]
5: a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
[syn: stadium, arena, sports stadium]
6: a wooden ball (with flattened sides) used in the game of
7: a small round container that is open at the top for holding
tobacco [syn: pipe bowl]
v 1: roll (a ball)
2: engage in the sport of bowling; "My parents like to bowl on
The sockets of the lamps of the golden candlestick of the
tabernacle are called bowls (Ex. 25:31, 33, 34; 37:17, 19, 20);
the same word so rendered being elsewhere rendered "cup" (Gen.
44:2, 12, 16), and wine "pot" (Jer. 35:5). The reservoir for
oil, from which pipes led to each lamp in Zechariah's vision of
the candlestick, is called also by this name (Zech. 4:2, 3); so
also are the vessels used for libations (Ex. 25:29; 37:16).