boule

1 [bool]
noun
1.
Also called birne. a cylindrical lump of material for synthetic gems, made by the Verneuil process.
2.
a metal ball, usually made out of steel, used in pétanque.
3.
Sometimes, boules. pétanque.

Origin:
1915–20; < French: literally, a ball; see bowl2

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boule

2 [bool]
noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
Also called boulework [bool-wurk] .

Boule

[boo-lee, boo-ley] .
noun
1.
the legislative assembly of modern Greece.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a state legislative, advisory, or administrative council in ancient Greece.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek: a council, body of chosen ones

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boule1 (ˈbuːliː)
 
n
1.  the parliament in modern Greece
2.  the senate of an ancient Greek city-state
 
[C19: from Greek boulē senate]

boule2 (buːl)
 
n
a pear-shaped imitation ruby, sapphire, etc, made from synthetic corundum
 
[C19: from French: ball]

boule3 (buːl)
 
n
a round loaf of white bread
 
[C20: from French: a ball]

boulle, boule or buhl (buːl)
 
adj
1.  denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
 
n
2.  Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]
 
boule, boule or buhl
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]
 
buhl, boule or buhl
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642--1732), French cabinet-maker]

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Example sentences
The melted material solidifies as a boule on a rotating fire-clay peg as the peg is slowly withdrawn.
In crystals, dopants tend to segregate toward the bottom of the growing boule.
Boule, due to visa difficulties, was initially unable to join them.
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