Definition of Bowling

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

Generic synonyms: Game
Terms within: Frame
Specialized synonyms: Tenpin Bowling, Tenpins, Ninepins, Skittles, Duckpins, Candlepin Bowling, Candlepins, Bowls, Lawn Bowling, Bocce, Bocci, Boccie
Examples of category: Pocket, Convert

2. Noun. (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman.
Generic synonyms: Throw
Category relationships: Cricket
Specialized synonyms: Chinaman, Bosie, Bosie Ball, Googly, Wrong 'un, No Ball

3. Noun. The playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc.
Generic synonyms: Playing
Terms within: Bowl, Roll, Run-up
Examples of category: Bowl

Definition of Bowling

1. n. The act of playing at or rolling bowls, or of rolling the ball at cricket; the game of bowls or of tenpins.

Definition of Bowling

1. Verb. (present participle of bowl) ¹

2. Noun. A game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins; ten-pin bowling ¹

3. Noun. Several similar games played indoors or outdoors. ¹

4. Noun. (cricket) The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman. ¹

5. Noun. (slang) A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture. ¹

6. Noun. (context: gerund) The action of the verb bowl. ¹

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Definition of Bowling

1. a game in which balls are rolled at objects [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bowling

bowled out
bowler hat
bowline knot
bowling (current term)
bowling alley
bowling alleys
bowling average
bowling averages
bowling ball
bowling crease
bowling creases
bowling equipment
bowling figures
bowling green
bowling greens
bowling league

Literary usage of Bowling

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The London Pleasure Gardens of the Eighteenth Century by Arthur Edgar Wroth, ., Warwick William Wroth (1896)
"It possessed good bowling greens probably as early as 1633, and in the spring of 1718 these were advertised as open for the accommodation of all gentlemen ..."

2. Irish Literature by Justin McCarthy, Maurice Francis Egan, Charles Welsh, Douglas Hyde, Gregory, James Jeffrey Roche (1904)
"RICHARD bowling was born in Clonmel, June 3, 1846. ... Mr. bowling was the author of many novels, plays, poems, etc., but there is perhaps nothing ..."

3. Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Walter Thornbury, Edward Walford (1881)
"bowling-GREENS were once numerous in bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell. In 1675, says Mr. Pinks, there were two at the north-east corner. ..."

4. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1852)
"Let the keepers of that bowling-saloon answer 11 to their MAKER as they will have ... Let them who licensed tbe bowling-saloon answer with the conflagration ..."

5. The Police Power, Public Policy and Constitutional Rights by Ernst Freund (1904)
"9 prohibited the keeping of places for bowling, but this was repealed by 8 and !» Victoria ch. 109. In this country it has been strongly questioned whether ..."

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