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Definition of bowl noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 bowl a mixing bowl
  2. amount
  3. 2[countable] (also bowlful
    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 bowl
  6. theater
  7. 4[countable] (in names) a large round theater or stadium without a roof, used for concerts, etc. outdoors the Hollywood Bowl
  8. football game
  9. 5[countable] (in names) a game of football played after the main season between the best teams the Super Bowl
  10. ball
  11. 6[countable] a heavy wooden ball that is used in the game of lawn bowling
  12. game
  13. 7bowls [uncountable] = lawn bowling
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bowl