a ball made slightly asymmetrical so that it runs on a curved course, used in the game of lawn bowling.
1 [with object] roll (a ball or hoop) along the ground:she snatched her hat off and bowled it ahead of her like a hoop
2 [no object] play the game of bowling:I usually bowl Tuesday nights
achieve (a certain score) in tenpin bowling:she bowled a 162 high game
3 [with object] Cricket (of a bowler) propel (the ball) with a straight arm towards the batsman, typically in such a way that the ball bounces once:Lillee bowled another bouncer [no object]:Sobers bowled to Willis
(also bowl someone out) dismiss (a batsman) by knocking down the wicket with the ball that one has bowled:Stewart was bowled for 33 in the one-day international
4 [no object] move rapidly and smoothly in a specified direction:they bowled along the country roads
bowl someone over
knock someone down.
informal completely overwhelm or astonish someone, for example by one’s good qualities or looks:when he met Angela, he was just bowled over by her
late Middle English (in the general sense 'ball'): from Old French boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble'