from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant.
- v. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.
- n. A Scotch measure, formerly in use: for wheat and beans it contained four Winchester bushels; for oats, barley, and potatoes, six bushels. A boll of meal is 140 lbs. avoirdupois. Also, a measure for salt of two bushels.
- intransitive v. To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A round vessel for containing liquids; a bowl. See bowl, of which boll is the earlier spelling.
- n. A vesicle or bubble.
- n. A rounded pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton. See cut under cotton-plant.
- n. A round knob.
- To form into or produce bolls or rounded seed-vessels.
- n. An old Scotch dry measure, also used in Durham, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and the Isle of Man.
- Same as boln.
- To increase.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant
Middle English, from Middle Dutch bolle, round object; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)