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4 definitions found
 for Cowl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowl \Cowl\ (koul), n. [AS. cuhle, cugle, cugele; cf. dial. G.
     kogel, gugel, OF. coule, goule; all fr. LL. cuculla,
     cucullus, fr. L. cucullus cap, hood; perh. akin to celare to
     conceal, cella cell. Cf. Cucullate.]
     1. A monk's hood; -- usually attached to the gown. The name
        was also applied to the hood and garment together.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              What differ more, you cry, than crown and cowl?
                                                    --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A cowl-shaped cap, commonly turning with the wind, used to
        improve the draft of a chimney, ventilating shaft, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A wire cap for the smokestack of a locomotive.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (aviation) a removable metal covering for an aircraft
        engine, providing streamlining to minimize wind
        resistance; -- also called cowling.
        [PJC]
  
     5. a covering for a chimney or other ventilating shaft
        functioning to increase the draft.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowl \Cowl\, n. [Cf. OF. cuvele, cuvel, dim. of F. cuve tub,
     vat, fr. L. cupa. See Cup.]
     A vessel carried on a pole between two persons, for
     conveyance of water. --Johnson.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cowl
      n 1: protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers
           the engine; "there are powerful engines under the hoods of
           new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to
           repair the plane's engine" [syn: hood, bonnet, cowl,
           cowling]
      2: a loose hood or hooded robe (as worn by a monk)
      v 1: cover with or as with a cowl; "cowl the boys and veil the
           girls"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  25 Moby Thesaurus words for "cowl":
     blanket, cloak, coat, cover, coverage, covering, covert, coverture,
     cowling, curtain, drape, drapery, guise, hanging, hood, housing,
     mantle, mask, pall, screen, shelter, shield, shroud, veil,
     vestment
  
  

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