|Origin:||bowl 'ball used in bowling' (15-21 centuries), from Old French boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]DS
to roll a ball along a surface when you are playing the game of bowls
2 [intransitive and transitive]DSC
to throw a ball at the batsman (=the person who hits the ball) in cricket [↪ bat]
to make a batsman have to leave the field by throwing a ball so that it hits the wicket behind him
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to travel along very quickly and smoothly
We were bowling along at about 90 miles per hour.
bowl somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
in cricket, when a team is bowled out, each member of the team has had to leave the field and there is no one left to bat
bowl somebody ↔ overphrasal verb
to accidentally hit someone and knock them down because you are running in a place that is full of people or things [= knock over]
to surprise, please, or excite someone very much [= knock out]:
He was bowled over by her beauty.