Webster 1828 Edition



[from bowl.] A small stone of a roundish form, and of no determinate size, found on the sea shore and on the banks or in the channels of rivers, &c., worn smooth or rounded by the action of water; a pebble.
The term bowlder is now used in Geology for rounded masses of any rock, found out of place, and apparently transported from their original bed by water. Bowlders of Granite,often of great size, are very common on the surface of the most recent formations.

Definition 2024





bowlder (plural bowlders)

  1. Dated form of boulder.
    • 1900, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, The Doomswoman:
      Between was the wild valley where cattle grazed among the trees and the massive bowlders.
    • 1913, B. M. Bower, The Gringos:
      His back humped; like a bowlder hurled down a mountain slope he made his rush, and nothing could swerve him.
    • 1920, Harold Bindloss, Lister's Great Adventure:
      The trees on the summit bent in the wind; spray leaped about the bowlders where the white foam rolled.