bowl1 W3S2 [bəul US boul] n
[: Old English; Origin: bolla]
a wide round container that is open at the top, used to hold liquids, food, flowers etc
Mix 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)
2.) ¦(AMOUNT)¦ also bowlful
the amount of something contained in a bowl
bowl of
a bowl of rice
a bowl of fruit
3.) ¦(GAME)¦
a) bowls
BrE [plural]
an outdoor game played on grass in which you try to roll big balls as near as possible to a small ball
American Equivalent: lawn bowling
b) [C usually singular]
a special game in American football played by the best teams after the normal playing season
the Rose Bowl
4.) ¦(BALL)¦ BrE
a ball that you use in the game of bowls
5.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
the part of an object such as a spoon, pipe, toilet etc that is shaped like a bowl
the bowl of a pipe
a toilet/lavatory bowl
6.) ¦(STADIUM)¦ [C usually singular]
AmE a large ↑stadium shaped like a bowl, where people go to watch special events, such as sports games or music ↑concerts
the Hollywood Bowl
bowl 2
bowl2 v
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: bowl 'ball used in bowling' (15-21 centuries), from Old French boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble']
1.) [I and T]
to roll a ball along a surface when you are playing the game of bowls
2.) [I and T]
a) to throw a ball at the ↑batsman (=the person who hits the ball) in ↑cricket
b) [T]
to make a batsman have to leave the field by throwing a ball so that it hits the ↑wicket behind him
3.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to travel along very quickly and smoothly
bowl along/down
We were bowling along at about 90 miles per hour.
bowl out [bowl sb<=>out] phr v
in ↑cricket, when a team is bowled out, each member of the team has had to leave the field and there is no one left to ↑bat
bowl over [bowl sb<=>over] phr v
1.) to accidentally hit someone and knock them down because you are running in a place that is full of people or things
= ↑knock over
2.) to surprise, please, or excite someone very much
= ↑knock out
He was bowled over by her beauty.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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