a. The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk.
b. A cowl neck.
2. A hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney.
3. The top portion of the front part of an automobile body, supporting the windshield and dashboard.
4. The cowling on an aircraft.
tr.v. cowled, cowl·ing, cowls
To cover with or as if with a cowl.
[Middle English coule, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus, hood.]
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