bowl·​ing | \ ˈbō-liŋ How to pronounce bowling (audio) \

Definition of bowling

: any of several games in which balls are rolled on a green or down an alley at an object or group of objects

Examples of bowling in a Sentence

She watches bowling on TV.
Recent Examples on the Web The mall, distinguished by its centerpiece ice rink, has considered repositioning itself as an entertainment destination, announcing proposals for a new bowling alley, concert venue and plans for a complete makeover over the last several years. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Old Navy closing Lloyd Center store," 13 Jan. 2021 My correspondent told a moving story of befriending the man in a Newport News bowling alley and hearing that Daryl had terminal cancer and planned to hike to his death. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker," 12 Jan. 2021 The main home, which is 10,511 square feet, sits on an expansive 10 acres and the property features a tennis court, putting green, a bowling alley, a four-bedroom guest house, and 16-car garage. Dallas News, "Got $12 million (or more) to spare? Take another look at the 7 most expensive Posh Properties of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 The bowling alley was closed when the shooting happened, in accordance with restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, O’Shea said., "Lawyer: Soldier from Florida charged in deadly bowling alley shooting may have PTSD," 29 Dec. 2020 An Illinois judge denied bond for a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier accused of killing three people and wounding three others at a bowling alley Saturday. Fox News, "Illinois judge denies bond for U.S. Army soldier accused of killing three in bowling alley," 29 Dec. 2020 Officers arrived on scene within a minute of the first call and confronted Webb at the bowling alley. Chris Green, USA TODAY, "Judge denies bond to decorated Army member charged in Illinois bowling alley shooting," 29 Dec. 2020 More than 30 have been killed so far this year, including three Saturday at a bowling alley. Corey Williams, ajc, "As COVID-19 ravages US, shootings, killings are also up," 28 Dec. 2020 The suspect in a deadly shooting Saturday night at an Illinois bowling alley is a Green Beret. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Green Beret charged with murder in Illinois bowling alley shooting," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bowling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bowling was in 1535

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15 Feb 2021

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“Bowling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bowling

: a game played by rolling a large, heavy ball down a smooth floor (called a lane) towards a set of pins in order to knock down as many pins as possible


bowl·​ing | \ ˈbō-liŋ How to pronounce bowling (audio) \

Kids Definition of bowling

: a game in which large heavy balls are rolled so as to knock down pins

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