from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk.
- n. A draped neckline on a woman's garment.
- n. A hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney.
- n. The top portion of the front part of an automobile body, supporting the windshield and dashboard.
- n. The cowling on an aircraft.
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with a cowl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A monk's hood or hooded robe
- n. A mask that covers the majority of the head.
- n. A metal protective covering that covers the engine; also cowling
- n. A usually hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney and prevent backflow.
- n. A ship's ventilator with a bell-shaped top which can be swivelled to catch the wind and force it below
- n. A vertical projection of a ship's funnel that directs the smoke away from the bridge
- n. A soe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monk's hood; -- usually attached to the gown. The name was also applied to the hood and garment together.
- n. A cowl-shaped cap, commonly turning with the wind, used to improve the draft of a chimney, ventilating shaft, etc.
- n. A wire cap for the smokestack of a locomotive.
- n. a removable metal covering for an aircraft engine, providing streamlining to minimize wind resistance; -- also called cowling.
- n. a covering for a chimney or other ventilating shaft functioning to increase the draft.
- n. A vessel carried on a pole between two persons, for conveyance of water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hood attached to a gown or robe, and admitting of being drawn over the head or of being worn hanging on the shoulders: worn chiefly by monks, and characteristic of their dress or profession.
- n. A garment with a hood (vestis caputiata), black or gray or brown, varying in length in different ages and according to the usages of different orders, but having these two permanent characteristics, that it covered the head and shoulders, and that it was without sleeves.
- n. Hence A monk.
- n. A covering, originally cowl-shaped, for the top of a chimney or the upper end of a soil-pipe or ventilating shaft, made to turn with the wind, and intended to assist ventilation.
- n. A wire cap or cage on the top of a locomotive-funnel.
- n. An old name in some parts of England for a tub or large vessel for holding liquids; specifically, a large vessel for water, to be carried on a pole between two persons.
- n. See kowl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover with or as with a cowl
- n. a loose hood or hooded robe (as worn by a monk)
- n. protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
The CAVEMEN FAMILY fashion him a bat cowl from the corpses of the fallen Bat Behemoths.
Novices wear a black mantle and their cowl is short and unjoined.
The mouth cover of the cowl was always very symbolic of Cass, who had difficulties interacting with people due to her violent upbringing and speech impediment.
Cowl Past Batmen have had a hard time turning their heads (paging Michael Keaton), because the cowl was a solid piece of rubber attached to the suit itself.
I, that am but a woman, would try first whether my rock or his cowl was the better metal.
On her cowl was a wreath of nightshade, with its dull purple fruit and blossoms clustering around her shadowed brow.
Under the cowl was the lover with whom Mademoiselle's thoughts had been engaged.
You can hide yourself away under your cowl, that is a good place for you!
Passing over a railroad track, you could actually watch the dash and windshield move before your very eyes a phenomenon known as cowl shake.
Note that the purl side of the cowl is the inside, so that it matches the body of the vest when folded over.