boul·​der·​ing | \ ˈbōl-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bouldering (audio) \

Definition of bouldering

: the sport of rock climbing on large boulders or low cliffs

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Other Words from bouldering

boulder intransitive verb
boulderer \ ˈbōl-​d(ə-​)rər How to pronounce boulderer (audio) \ noun

Examples of bouldering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Williams is one of few climbers in the world — and even fewer women — who specializes in hard, highball bouldering. Chris Weidner, The Know, "Nina Williams likes to really tall boulders without a rope. Watch her risk it all in ‘The High Road.’," 6 Oct. 2019 In 2016 at the IFSC World Youth Championships, Hayes placed first overall, winning the bouldering and lead events while finishing 15th in speed. USA TODAY, "Here are 15 Americans who could become stars at Tokyo Olympics," 23 July 2019 Come for the inspiring ascent, stay for the bouldering tumbles. Patrick Farrell, WIRED, "Learn How to Fall With Climber Alex Honnold," 26 Aug. 2019 Sport Climbing will be made up of three events that are usually competed separately: bouldering, speed climbing and lead climbing. Charlotte Carroll,, "New Sports Like Skateboarding and Climbing Give New Athletes Olympic Dreams," 26 July 2019 Sports climbing will see climbers competing in three different events: lead, speed and bouldering. Helen Murphy,, "Watch the Latest Teaser Trailer for the 2020 Olympics — and Read All About the New Sports," 23 July 2019 Breakdancing, competitive climbing/bouldering, skateboarding and surfing are all proposed to be included in 2024, although the other three are making their debuts at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Breakdancing is one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport at 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris," 26 June 2019 But earlier this year, the Paris 2024 organizing committee proposed that breakdancing, along with skateboarding, climbing/bouldering and surfing, be added to the events program. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "Breakdancing moves one step closer to making the 2024 Olympics the raddest yet," 25 June 2019 The gym, Armadillo Boulders, will offer a type of rock climbing called bouldering, which doesn’t require ropes and harnesses and usually allows climbers to ascend shorter distances, in this case 15 feet, with falls broken by thick pads. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of bouldering

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bouldering was in 1920

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16 Nov 2019

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“Bouldering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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