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 His spherical creations, roughly the size of bowling balls and pockmarked with craters, appear to have dropped from space. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cultures, collisions, climate change and French connections," 10 Jan. 2020 Burkhead capped it with a nifty second-effort run as Bills defenders bounced off him like candlepins belted by a runaway bowling ball., "Patriots deny Bills, capture 11th straight AFC East title - The Boston Globe," 22 Dec. 2019 Things were running smoothly until a 12-foot aluminum tree collapsed and 30 colored orbs the size of bowling balls rolled toward the edge of the stage that had been erected a mere 10 hours earlier. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Watch an Empty Warehouse Become a Psychedelic Party Wonderland," 20 Dec. 2019 Here is what Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson had to say about Kuithe and a Utah team (11-1, 9-1) that has rolled through Pac-12 opposition like a bowling ball scattering pins since a late September loss to USC. oregonlive, "While the Ducks stutter-stepped past Oregon State, Utah pulverized another opponent: Issues & Answers," 1 Dec. 2019 Linebacker Dele Harding walked into the postgame press conference holding an orange-and-white bowling ball. Shannon Ryan,, "Illinois rallies from a 25-point deficit to beat Michigan State 37-34 and become bowl-eligible for the 1st time since 2014," 9 Nov. 2019 Marshall and his partners built their first satellite in a garage, applying the principles of the smart phone, stuffing a sophisticated camera and telescope into a rectangular box that weighs as much as a bowling ball. NBC News, "Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth," 2 Nov. 2019 Police said anyone who recognizes the man who threw the bowling ball should call Cicero PD at 708-652-2130. Fox News, "Illinois man left seriously injured after vicious bowling ball attack," 8 Sep. 2019 New London’s Jacob Commander, who Mazzone described as a ‘bowling ball,' scored Team Nutmeg’s other three touchdowns, all rushing. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Team Nutmeg downs Team Constitution 41-21 in CT Super 100 senior all-star game as East Hartford’s Tompkins garners MVP honors," 30 June 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bowling.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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