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

     

    bowl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bowl
    BrE BrE//bəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊl//
     
    he / she / it bowls
    BrE BrE//bəʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊlz//
     
    past simple bowled
    BrE BrE//bəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊld//
     
    past participle bowled
    BrE BrE//bəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊld//
     
    -ing form bowling
    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] bowl (something) to roll a ball in the games of bowls and bowling
  2. in cricket
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] bowl (something) to throw a ball to the batsman (= the person who hits the ball) Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing stones at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car’s windscreen.fling to throw somebody/​something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch something at/​to somebody/​something to throw/​toss/​fling/​chuck something aside/​away to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch a ball to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck stones/​rocks/​a brick to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling something angrily to throw/​toss something casually/​carelessly
  4. 3[transitive] bowl somebody (out) to make the batsman have to leave the field by throwing a ball that hits the wicket
  5. move quickly
  6. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly in a particular direction, especially in a vehicle Soon we were bowling along the country roads.
  7. Word Originverb late Middle English (in the general sense ‘ball’): from Old French boule, from Latin bulla ‘bubble’.Extra examples He bowled him a gentle first ball. It was Peter’s turn to bowl. Smith had bowled more than ten overs. Phrasal Verbsbowl somebody over
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