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bowling alley
bowling ball
bowling green
lawn bowling
tenpin bowling
▪ He never gives in and that's half the battle in fast bowling.
▪ The fast bowling tactic has worked.
▪ He is currently undertaking research into batting techniques against fast bowling.
▪ This is a favoured technique with many great players of fast bowling, not least West Indies' Gordon Greenidge.
▪ The hotel also offers a three-lane bowling alley with a bar.
▪ In addition there is a billiard room, solarium, cinema, indoor and outdoor pools, bowling alley and gym.
▪ Downstairs is a Tyrolean-style bowling alley and cellar bar.
▪ There is a bowling alley near the station, and two minigolf courses.
▪ The rest was given over to a bowling green and a large expanse of lawn; the potential for change was enormous.
▪ Ah yes, digging up the bowling green would probably mean some explaining, as well.
▪ The area round the school houses the library, tennis courts, a children's play area, and a bowling green.
▪ Take the road behind Porthmeor Beach to the path past the bowling green.
▪ I understand that it will be used towards the purchase of floodlights for the bowling green.
▪ The incident happened near the bowling greens.
▪ The new building will serve the existing football and cricket pitches, tennis court and bowling green.
▪ Boxer had been steadily bowling along the quays, where the traffic was less congested.
▪ Greenidge soon went, leaving Richards to lay into the bowling.
▪ In addition there is a billiard room, solarium, cinema, indoor and outdoor pools, bowling alley and gym.
▪ It was mightily impressive bowling by any standards, and with his left hand in plaster it was quite remarkable.
▪ Local Activities: walks, golf, fishing, horse-riding, bowling.
▪ The area round the school houses the library, tennis courts, a children's play area, and a bowling green.
▪ The hotel also offers a three-lane bowling alley with a bar.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bowl \Bowl\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowled; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowling.]

  1. To roll, as a bowl or cricket ball.

    Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel, And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven.

  2. To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels; as, we were bowled rapidly along the road.

  3. To pelt or strike with anything rolled.

    Alas, I had rather be set quick i' the earth, And bowled to death with turnips?

    To bowl (a player) out, in cricket, to put out a striker by knocking down a bail or a stump in bowling.


Bowling \Bowl"ing\, n. The act of playing at or rolling bowls, or of rolling the ball at cricket; the game of bowls or of tenpins.

Bowling alley, a covered place for playing at bowls or tenpins.

Bowling green, a level piece of greensward or smooth ground for bowling, as the small park in lower Broadway, New York, where the Dutch of New Amsterdam played this game.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, originally "playing at bowls," verbal noun from bowl (v.). Bowling alley is from 1550s.


n. 1 A game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins; ten-pin bowling 2 (label en New England) candlepin bowling. 3 Any of several similar games played indoors or outdoors. 4 (label en cricket) The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman. 5 (label en slang) A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture. 6 (label en gerund) The action of the verb bowl#Verb. 7 (label en Ireland) road bowling. vb. (present participle of bowl English)

  1. n. a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over

  2. (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman

  3. the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc

Bowling (album)

Bowling is the second studio album of the Finnish jazz group U-Street All Stars.

Bowling (Malcolm in the Middle)

"Bowling" is the twentieth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series Malcolm in the Middle and the show's 36th episode overall. The episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on April 1, 2001. The episode was written by Alex Reid and was directed by Todd Holland. The plot serves as a parody of the 1998 film Sliding Doors.

"Bowling" has received positive reviews from critics since airing. Reid and Holland later received Emmy Awards for their work on the episode.

Bowling (solitaire)

This article is about the solitaire game Bowling. To know more about the sport, see the Bowling article.

Bowling is a unique and fun solitaire game using one deck of playing cards, designed by Warren Schwader and featured in the 1988 computer game Hoyle: Official Book of Games Vol 2: Solitaire by Sierra Online. The object of the game is to try to fill as many Pins as possible for each of the ten frames. (This is not the similarly-named Bowling Solitaire game designed by Sid Sackson and described in his book A Gamut of Games).

Bowling (cricket)

In the sport of cricketbowling is the action of propelling the ball toward the wicket defended by a batsman. A player skilled at bowling is called a bowler; a bowler who is also a competent batsman is known as an all-rounder. Bowling the ball is distinguished from throwing the ball by a strictly specified biomechanical definition which restricts the angle of extension of the elbow. A single act of bowling the ball towards the batsman is called a ball or a delivery. Bowlers bowl deliveries in sets of six, called an over. Once a bowler has bowled their over, one of their team mates will bowl an over from the other end of the pitch. The Laws of Cricket govern how a ball must be bowled. If a ball is bowled illegally, an umpire will rule it a no ball. If a ball is bowled too wide of the striker for the batsman to be able to play at it with a proper cricket shot, the bowler's end umpire will rule it a wide.

There are different types of bowlers ranging from fast bowlers, whose primary weapon is pace, through swing and seam bowlers who try to make the ball deviate in its course through the air or when it bounces, to slow bowlers, who will attempt to deceive the batsmen with a variety of flight and spin. A spin bowler usually delivers the ball quite slowly and puts spin on the ball, causing it to turn at an angle while bouncing off the pitch.

Bowling (video game)

Bowling is a 1979 video game for the Atari 2600 designed by Atari programmer Larry Kaplan; published by Atari. The game is based on the game of bowling, playable by one player or two players alternating.

In all six variations, games last for 10 frames, or turns. At the start of each frame, the current player is given two chances to roll a bowling ball down an alley in an attempt to knock down as many of the ten bowling pins as possible. The bowler (on the left side of the screen) may move up and down his end of the alley to aim before releasing the ball. In four of the game's six variations, the ball can be steered before it hits the pins. Knocking down every pin on the first shot is a strike, while knocking every pin down in both shots is a spare. The player's score is determined by the number of pins knocked down in all 10 frames, as well as the number of strikes and spares acquired.

Bowling was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs on September 22, 2010.

Bowling (disambiguation)

Bowling is a competitive and recreational sport. Variants include:

  • Ten-pin bowling, the most popular type of bowling today
  • Nine-pin bowling
  • Five-pin bowling, a bowling variant which is played only in Canada
  • Duckpin bowling
  • Candlepin bowling
  • Trick bowling
  • Bowling pin
  • Bowling ball
    • Bowling pin shooting
  • Turkey bowling
  • Strike (bowling)
  • Bowling at the Summer Olympics
  • Bowling form
  • World Bowling

Bowling may also refer to:


Bowling refers to a series of sports or leisure activities in which a player rolls or throws a bowling ball towards a target. It is one of the major forms of throwing sports. In pin bowling variations, the target is usually to knock over pins at the end of a lane. When all the pins are knocked down on the first roll, this is a strike. In target variations, the aim is usually to get the ball as close to a mark as possible. The pin version of bowling is often played on a flat wooden or other synthetic surface (which can be oiled in different patterns for different techniques), while in target bowling, the surface may be grass, gravel or a synthetic surface. The most common types of pin bowling include ten-pin, nine-pin, candlepin, duckpin and five-pin bowling, while in target bowling, bowls, skittles, kegel, bocce, carpet bowls, pétanque, and boules, both indoor and outdoor varieties are popular. Today the sport of bowling is played by 100 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide (including 70 million in the United States), and continues to grow through entertainment media such as video games for home consoles and handheld devices.

Usage examples of "bowling".

Because of peole dropping bowling balls onto freeways, we have fences anclosing highway overpasses.

Since then, restaurants, hotels, parks, movie theaters, stores, swimming pools, bowling alleys, and even business schools have been opened to Negroes.

The carriage was now bowling down the avenue at a trot, the greys arching their necks and stepping out handsomely.