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  Dictionary Definition of cowl

cowl
noun
1. a hooded garment worn by monks.
2. the hood of this garment.
3. a hood-shaped covering for a chimney or ventilating shaft, to increase the draught.
4. the forward part of the motor-car body supporting the rear of the bonnet and the windscreen, and housing the pedals and dashboard.
5. a cowling.
6. a wire netting fastened to the top of the chimney of a steam locomotive, to prevent large sparks from being discharged.
-- verb (t)
7. to put a monk's cowl on.
8. to make a monk of.
9. to cover with, or as with, a cowl.
[ME couel, OE cule, cug ( e ) le, from LL cuculla cowl, var. of L cucullus hood]