Definition of bowl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊl//
    American football, At the dining table, Games
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  1. 1  [countable] (especially in compounds) a deep round dish with a wide open top, used especially for holding food or liquid a salad/fruit/sugar, etc. bowl a washing-up bowl See related entries: At the dining table
  2. amount
  3. 2  [countable] (also bowlful
    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlfʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlfʊl//
    the amount contained in a bowl a bowl of soup
  4. shape
  5. 3[countable] the part of some objects that is shaped like a bowl the bowl of a spoon a toilet/lavatory bowl
  6. theatre
  7. 4[countable] (especially North American English) (in names) a large round theatre without a roof, used for concerts, etc. outdoors the Hollywood Bowl
  8. ball
  9. 5 [countable] a heavy wooden ball that is used in the games of bowls and bowling
  10. game
  11. 6 bowls [uncountable] (North American English also lawn bowling) a game played on an area of very smooth grass, in which players take turns to roll bowls as near as possible to a small ball Culture The balls are heavier on one side so they travel in a curve. Bowls has been popular in Britain for about 600 years and there is a famous story from 1588 about Sir Francis Drake and a game of bowls. According to the story, he was told during the game that the Spanish Armada was coming, but he said, ‘There is time to win this game and beat the Spaniards, too.’ Bowls is now usually played by older people. See related entries: Games
  12. football game
  13. 7[countable] (North American English) (in names) a game of American football played after the main season between the best teams the Super Bowl See related entries: American football
  14. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 and noun sense 7 Old English bolle, bolla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bol ‘round object’, also to boll. noun senses 5 to 6 late Middle English (in the general sense ‘ball’): from Old French boule, from Latin bulla ‘bubble’.Extra examples He poured himself a bowl of soup. I ate a bowl of cereal. I helped myself to an apple from the bowl. I put down the chicken bone and rinsed my fingers in the finger bowl. I refilled the dog’s water bowl. Mix the ingredients in a deep bowl. Sieve the flour into a bowl. The bowl was overflowing. The boy was drinking milk out of a bowl. The cat drank some milk from the bowl The school is always having to get out the begging bowl for books and basic equipment. The washing-up bowl was overflowing. This bowl holds about four pints. a washing-up bowl full of dirty dishes a salad/​fruit/​sugar bowl
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