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.

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There’s a power plant, fire station, water tower, green houses, laundry and chapel, and even an old bowling alley fashioned from a Quonset hut. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future," 30 Mar. 2019 Peter was very proud of his 3 perfect bowling games and high average 800 series. Hartford Courant,, "Peter A. von Essen," 1 July 2018 An off-duty deputy was bowling when his pistol accidentally discharged, grazing a child with shrapnel on Friday night, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Deputy was bowling when his pistol discharged, grazing child with shrapnel | Charlotte Observer," 26 May 2018 The purple-resin bowling ball is from Mantiques Modern and the portrait of Diane von Furstenburg on a framed silk scarf is by Andy Warhol. Peter Terzian, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: Andy Cohen Merges Three Manhattan Apartments Into An Entertaining Haven," 29 Aug. 2017 The additions included ancillary functions and buildings—a cinema, full resort-style spa with massage room, sauna and steam bath, game rooms, a bowling alley, full bar, and basketball and racquetball courts. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "In a House With 16 Bathrooms, There Are Lots of Choices," 10 Jan. 2019 The colorful creation was the perfect complement to the venue, Glowzone, which boasts five themed party rooms, plus kid-friendly activities including bowling and arcade games. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Daughter Had the Most Incredible Mermaid Cake for Her Birthday," 27 Sep. 2018 Last winter, Seritage, the landlord for the Sears store announced the site would be reduced in size to make way for new shops, outdoor dining and entertainment space, including bowling and video games, according to records. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Goodbye, Sears. Hello bowling alley at Westfield Broward Mall?," 11 July 2018 There will also be old-fashioned carnival games, including ring toss, knock over the milk jar, bean bag tic-tac-toe, bowling and more. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Old-Fashioned Fourth of July offers patriotic fun," 29 June 2018

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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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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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