• WordNet 3.6
    • n boll the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Boll 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.
    • Boll The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.
    • v. i Boll To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed. "The barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boll A round vessel for containing liquids; a bowl. See bowl, of which boll is the earlier spelling.
    • n boll A vesicle or bubble.
    • n boll A rounded pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton. See cut under cotton-plant.
    • n boll A round knob.
    • boll To form into or produce bolls or rounded seed-vessels.
    • n boll An old Scotch dry measure, also used in Durham, Northumberland, Westmoreland, and the Isle of Man. In Scotland it was by statute 5.9626 Winchester bushels. The usual boll for grain varied in different shires from 6 to 6½ Winchester bushels, or even more, the standard sent from Linlithgow being purposely made too large. See firlot. The wheat-boll, also used for peas and beans, was generally 4 to 4½ Winchester bushels. The boll for potatoes was 8½ to 9 Winchester bushels. But there was much variation, with the substance measured, the locality, and even the time of the year. Thus, in Kintyre the boll of grain was 9 Winchester bushels and 1 quart before Patrickmas, but 16 Scotch pecks after that date. The statute boll contained 4 firlots. A boll of meal is now reckoned 140 pounds avoirdupois.
    • boll Same as boln.
    • boll To increase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boll bōl one of the round heads or seed-vessels of flax, poppy, &c.: a pod or capsule
    • n Boll bōl a measure of capacity for grain, &c., used in Scotland and the north of England—in Scotland = 6 imperial bushels; in England, varying from 2 to 6 bushels: also a measure of weight, containing, for flour, 140 lb.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bolle, boll, bowl, AS. bolla,. See Bowl a vessel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot. bow; prob. a Scand. word; cf. Ice. bolli.


In literature:

I never see them dese days but I'd rather have them than dis boll weevil I's pestered wid.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Mrs. Bolling waited and David looked at her expectantly.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
On the third day they fade completely, and the development of the boll begins.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
In addition, the boll weevil has become a dreaded enemy of the cotton plant.
"Bremen Cotton Exchange" by Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
Fort Bolling, during Revolution, 226.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Following the ravages of the boll weevil, the idea gained wide application.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
He married Lucian Bolling who was from one of the families who had moved into this area from the Jamestown Colony.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust
Mr. Bolles of microscopy, and Mr. Cooke of the dredging parties.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
The first flowers usually appear in June, and the bolls ripen from early in August.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5" by Various
Then we'll get along out to Bolling Field.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
This is a dangerous practice as the bolls ripen late and much cotton is spoilt by the early autumn rains.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
Lucius Bolles, D. D., the Corresponding Secretary of the American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions.
"Discussion on American Slavery" by George Thompson
Bolling, Mrs. Mary, has 51 slaves, 158.
"The Planters of Colonial Virginia" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Jane Bolling, great granddaughter of Pocahontas, married Richard Randolph, of Curles.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
During life the color is perpetually restored by darkness, but after death, Boll thought, it disappeared entirely.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
To explain this, we must start in by a sort of detour, with the Boll Weevil.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
It's like a field of cotton with the stuff lying around in heaps, but with some bolls still sticking to the plant.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
In another corner would be a few cotton bolls of sea-island cotton, the soft, snowy mass bursting from within, a perfect marvel to behold.
"More Mittens with The Doll's Wedding and Other Stories" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
If the staple isn't taken from the boll in time the weather stains and ruins it.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
But after awhile he took Bolling aside and proposed that they should go down the street and have a spree of their own.
"The Home Life of Poe" by Susan Archer Weiss

In poetry:

All down the hill the yellow teeth of stumps
Stud the tramped moss and broken willow herb;
The piled long bolls point northward to the Pole,
Their fragrant lymph seeping from broken veins.
"Tree Felling" by George Woodcock
"Till bursts no more the cotton boll o'er fields of Carolina,
And fills with snowy flosses the dusky hands of Dinah;
Till war has dealt its final blow, and Mr. Seward's knavery
Has put an end in all the land to freedom and to slavery.
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Boll Weevils start GAC slate with loss.
Police evacuated the neighborhood and rerouted school buses in the Bolling Drive area after getting a call from a woman who said she heard a gunshot as she was leaving the duplex.
Police at scene of apparent domestic disturbance on Bolling Road in Bangor.
Bangor police are involved in a possible standoff with someone at an apartment complex on Bolling Drive.
Police in Danville, Virginia arrested Joshua Lee Bolling while he was working at a local mall as an Easter Bunny .
Bolles teaches Mount Dora a lesson on how to win in the playoffs.
Story and photos david bolling.
Bill Bolling said Wednesday that he will not run for governor in 2013, citing the state party's decision to choose its nominees through a convention instead of a statewide primary.
Bill Bolling explains decision to quit race for GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Every gun-toting, beer-swigging, fun-loving yeehaw from here to Boll Weevil, South Carolina, soon will be descending upon South Florida in pursuit of the $1,500 grand prize for harvesting the most Burmese pythons.
Channel 4 sports director Sam Kouvaris interviews The Bolles School's Adrienne Hume , presents her with Vystar All-Star Athlete certificate.
Bill Bolling announced last month that he was suspending his campaign for governor.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling suspends campaign for Governor.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling surprised Virginia Republicans with the announcement he is suspending his campaign for Governor.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will visit Southern Virginia Friday.

In science:

Bollob á s in , we call a Boll graph; that constructed by Frieze, a Frieze-Boll digraph.
Obtaining hamilton cicuits in graphs and digraphs
Qafsaoui, Observation on W 1,p estimates for divergence el liptic equations with VMO coefficients, Boll.
Bounds of Riesz Transforms on $L^p$ Spaces for Second Order Elliptic Operators
Di Fazio, Lp estimates for divergence form el liptic equations with discontinuous coefficients, Boll.
Bounds of Riesz Transforms on $L^p$ Spaces for Second Order Elliptic Operators
Bramanti, and M. C., Cerutti, Commutators of singular integrals on homogeneous spaces, Boll.
The $C^{\a}$ regularity of a class of ultraparabolic equations
On the method of moving planes and the sliding method, Boll.
Large critical exponents for some second order uniformly elliptic operators
Kabba j, La formule de la dimension pour les S-domaines forts universels, Boll.
On the Prime Ideal Structure of Tensor Products of Algebras
Vesentini, On the subharmonicity of the spectral radius, Boll.
Sharp Schwarz-type lemmas for the spectral unit ball
Che] Chen, Bang-yen ”Some conformal invariants of submanifolds and their applications.” Boll.
Analysis aspects of Willmore surfaces
Ta2] Tartar, Luc ”Imbedding theorems of Sobolev spaces into Lorentz spaces.” Boll.
Analysis aspects of Willmore surfaces
Vespri, On maximal Lp regularity for the abstract Cauchy problem, Boll.
New Abstract Hardy Spaces
Br´ezis, H. and Cabr´e, X., Some simple nonlinear PDE’s without solutions, Boll.
Optimal conditions for $L^\infty$-regularity and a priori estimates for elliptic systems, I: two components
Lipparini, The compactness spectrum of abstract logics, large cardinals and combinatorial principles, Boll.
More Results on Regular Ultrafilters in ZFC
Trudinger, Regularity of solutions of ful ly nonlinear el liptic equations, Boll.
A local regularity for the complex Monge-Amp\`ere equation
Thiemo Kessel and Tristan Rivi`ere, Singular bund les with bounded L2 curvatures, Boll.
An integrability result for $L^p$-vectorfields in the plane
Kanoria and Montanari in showed that this is the case for majority dynamics on trees, while Neri and Boll´e in showed that given an assumption which we will call time factorization the (asymmetric, non-equilibrium) Ising spin glass with parallel update rule also leads to a BP-like scheme.
Three lemmas on the dynamic cavity method