bowl·​ing | \ˈbō-liŋ \

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.

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Just off the Oak Leaf Trail, the beer garden caters to walkers and bicyclists but also hosts special events such as Thursday Game Day with bowling leagues, ping-pong leagues and board games. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Guide to Milwaukee beer gardens — 2018 edition," 4 May 2018 Her all-time high score in bowling is a very respectable 150. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 With the growth of free time came a flowering of cultural institutions: public libraries, bowling leagues, Boy and Girl Scouts, playgrounds, and baseball leagues, in addition to more high schools and colleges. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 Add on with the Play Day for Two deal: two $5 game cards, four games of bowling and two games of laser tag also for $17.76. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 The Colonels won the Region 5 team championship in bowling and advanced to the state tourney, and Michael Reynolds finished fourth in the regional and advanced to state in singles. James Weber,, "Covington Catholic athletic director reflects on historic year of 2 state titles,," 19 June 2018 About 10 years after graduating from Griffith and six years removed from being part of the men’s bowling team at Calumet College, Mike Kubacki Jr. is about to graduate from the Whiting school. Johnny Gorches, Post-Tribune, "Mike Kubacki uses health problems as springboard to coaching success at Calumet College," 19 Apr. 2018 The La Salle boys’ bowling team defeated Roman Catholic on Tuesday for its third Catholic League title in four years – rolling 2958 pins to 2646 pins. Mike Owens,, "La Salle rolls to Catholic League boys' bowling title," 27 Feb. 2018 At Milford and West Clermont High Schools, two of their bowling teams did just that with undefeated regular seasons. Scott Springer,, "Milford girls, West Clermont boys bowlers roll unbeaten into postseason," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bowling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2018

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The first known use of bowling was in 1535

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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 \

Kids Definition of bowling

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

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