AskDefine | Define bowl

Dictionary Definition



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 bowls
7 a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco [syn: pipe bowl]


1 roll (a ball)
2 engage in the sport of bowling; "My parents like to bowl on Friday nights"

User Contributed Dictionary



Probably from the French boule, a ball.


  • (UK) /bəʊl/
  • (US) /boʊl/


  1. A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
  2. As much as is held by a bowl.
    You can’t have any more soup - you’ve had three bowls already.
  3. The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
  4. (also pudding bowl or bowl cut) A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
  5. A round crater (or similar) in the ground.
  6. The action of bowling a ball.
  7. (in plural bowls but used with a singular verb) The game of lawn bowls.
  8. an important annual game, such as the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, or the Super Bowl


  • Amharic: ኀድጓዳ ሳህን
  • Arabic: (zibdíyya) , (sulʈaníyya)
  • Chinese: (wǎn)
  • Czech: mísa, miska
  • Dutch: schaal
  • trreq Esperanto
  • Finnish: kulho, kuppi, malja, vati
  • French: bol
  • German: Schale, Schüssel
  • Hebrew: קערה
  • Hungarian: tál, tálka
  • Italian: scodella, ciotola
  • Japanese: ボール (bōru), どんぶり (donburi), (はち, hachi)
  • Korean: 사발 (sabal)
  • Kurdish: کاسه‌
  • Lao: ('oo)
  • Lithuanian: dubuo
  • Portuguese: tigela
  • Russian: чаша
  • Slovene: skleda
  • Spanish: tazón
  • Swedish: skål
  • Thai: (chaam), (tûay)
as much as is held by a bowl
ball used in lawn bowls
action of bowling a ball
lawn bowls See lawn bowls


  1. To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
  1. To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).


roll or throw (a ball)

Extensive Definition

Bowl may refer to:
bowl in Japanese: ボウル

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