Ancient Egyptian faience bowl, from circa 200–150 BC



  • A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
  • As much as is held by a bowl.
  • A dish comprising a mix of different foods, not all of which need be cooked, served in a bowl.
  • A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
  • The round hollow part of anything.
  • A round crater (or similar) in the ground.
  • An elliptical-shaped stadium or amphitheater resembling a bowl.
  • A postseason football competition, a bowl game (i.e. Rose Bowl, Super Bowl)
  • The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
  • The action of bowling a ball.
  • The game of bowls.


  • To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
  • To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).
  • To play bowling or a similar game.
  • To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels.
  • To pelt or strike with anything rolled.


  • From Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla, bolle, from Proto-West Germanic *bollā, from Proto-Germanic *bullǭ ("ball, round vessel, bowl").
  • Cognate with North Frisian bol ("bun, bread roll"), Middle Low German bolle, bole, Dutch bol ("ball, sphere, scoop, dot"), German Bolle ("bulb"), Danish bolle ("bowl, bread roll"), Icelandic bolli ("cup").
  • From Middle English bowle, boule, from Old French boule ("ball"), from Latin bulla ("bubble, stud, round object"). poll.

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