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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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