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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bowl:


The word bowl is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bowl

What does bowl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bowls

  1. a round vessel that is open at the top; used chiefly for holding food or liquids
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: vessel = an object used as a container
    • more specific terms:
  2. a concave shape with an open top
  3. a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: dish = a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food
    • more specific terms:
  4. the quantity contained in a bowl
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of bowl: bowlful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  5. a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
  6. a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bowl: bowling ball
    • more generic word: ball = round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
    • part of: bowling equipment = equipment used in bowling
    • parts:
  7. a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: ball = round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
    • part of: bowls / lawn bowling = a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jack
  8. a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bowl: pipe bowl
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things
    • part of: pipe / tobacco pipe = a tube with a small bowl at one end
  9. the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of bowl: roll
    • more generic words: actuation / propulsion = the act of propelling
    • part of: bowling = the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc

Alternative definition of the noun bowl


  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.
  3. A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
  4. A round crater (or similar) in the ground.
  5. The part of a spoon that holds content, as opposed to the handle.
  6. The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
  7. The action of bowling a ball.
  8. [context: in plural, but used with a singular verb] The game of bowls.
  9. [American football] an important annual game, such as the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, or the Super Bowl

Definition of the verb bowl

What does bowl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bowled | bowling | bowls

  1. roll (a ball)
  2. hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
    • domain: cricket
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: cast / hurl / hurtle = throw forcefully
  3. engage in the sport of bowling
    • example: My parents like to bowl on Friday nights
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: play = participate in games or sport
    • more specific word: skittle = play skittles

Alternative definition of the verb bowl


  1. [transitive] To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
  2. [intransitive] To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).

Specialised definition of the verb bowl

Glossary of sports / cricket

to send a ball, usually overarm, to a batsman (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to get a batsman out by bowling (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Bowl is a fictional film character.


  1. Bowl: A bowl is a round, open-top container used in many cultures to serve food, and is also used for drinking and storing other items. They are typically small and shallow, although some, such as punch bowls and salad bowls, are larger and often intended to serve many people.
  2. Bowl: A bowl or cone, when referred to in pipe smoking, is the part of a smoking pipe or bong which is used to hold tobacco, cannabis, or other substances. Size of the bowl refers to the amount of herb that would fill a standard-sized bowl on a pipe or bong.

Phrases with Bowl

Phrases starting with the word Bowl:

  1. Bowl cut
  2. Bowl Out
  3. Bowl-Off
  4. Bowl-out
  5. bowl over
  6. Bowl Pack

Phrases ending with the word Bowl:

  1. to bowl
  2. dust bowl
  3. fish bowl
  4. pipe bowl
  5. slop bowl
  6. Slop-Bowl
  7. soup bowl
  8. fruit bowl
  9. Mazer Bowl
  10. punch bowl
  11. salad bowl
  12. Spoon-Bowl
  13. sugar bowl
  14. Super Bowl

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Printed books with definitions for Bowl

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Google previewAsk Ed: Marijuana Gold (2002)

Trash to Stash by Ed Rosenthal

The Vrip TechTM vaporization chamber bowl is a tightly tooled 2piece glass set with two oringsat the joints. The oring can be filed down for asmoother fitting. The bottom glass piece looks like a regular bong bowl. This piece is loaded with ...

Google previewThe Smart Girl's Guide to Sports (2008)

An Essential Handbook for Women Who Don't Know a Slam Dunk from a Grand Slam by Liz Hartman Musiker

The Super Bowl is the grand finale, the big final championship game of the NFL, viewed by millions of people worldwide. If this chapter hasn't convinced you that football can be fun to watch, then go get theater tickets or make reservations at ...

Google previewDivine Weather (2014)

by Jack McGinnigle

The glass bowl is the firmament (the boundary), the inside volume is the 'dry space' and the bottom ofthe sink underthe bowl is the ground of planet Earth. The water all ...

Google previewCross Currents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies (2013)

by Kris Blair, Robin Murphy, Jen Almjeld

First, the Super Bowl is a televised event, while the swimsuit issue is a print event . Second, the Super Bowl is an actual sporting contest, while the swimsuit issue is a departure from Sports Illustrated 's normal coverage of sports. However, for ...

Google previewUnderstanding the Book of Revelation (2013)

by Rose Publishing

The bowl is the judgment that fell upon Rome in ad 69. In that single year, Nero committed suicide, three emperors were deposed, civil war set Roman against Roman, and the Temple of Jupiter Capitoline was burned to the ground, causing ...

Google previewThat’s That Good Stuff (2015)

by Brandon Connor Jr.

A glass bowl is a rose stem that little roses come in. You can usually buy them atany convenience store off the counter...

Google previewCrystal Balls & Crystal Bowls (2002)

Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership by Ted Andrews

The bowl is a symbol of the cyclic energies of life — this is why it has ties to the energies of the moon. The lunar phases reflect subtle energy changes. The moon has a light and a dark side, an inner and an outer expression. The bowl also has ...

Google previewWhat Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (2010)

by Robert L. Wolke

That's less important if the clams are to be cooked, but sand in the bottom of the chowder bowl is a tip-off to this kitchen shortcut. At least you'll know that the chowder was made from real live, rather than canned or frozen, clams. Soft-shell ...

Google previewSherlock Holmes Handbook (2009)

Second Edition by Christopher Redmond

(The “calabash” pipe with its flaring bowl is a still more recent misconception — Robert S. Ennis, writing in the Baker Street Journal in 1997, traced it to vaudeville comedian Robert Woolsey in a 1936 film.) Only the magnifying glass, as a tool ...

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Quotes about Bowl

Under his bowl there is a little bowl.
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Scrabble value of B3O1W4L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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