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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Whirlyball wants to build a two-story, 41,000-square-foot complex at 3103 Odyssey Ave., north of Interstate 88, that would offer, in addition to Whirlyball, bowling, laser tag and dining. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Whirlyball business with laser tag, bowling proposed for burgeoning 'entertainment district' off Route 59 and I-88," 13 July 2018 Some of his hobbies included bowling, boating, and visiting amusement parks. Hartford Courant,, "William D. Smalls III," 3 July 2018 The facility featured outdoor bowling, archery, tennis, driving range, badminton, table tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, arcade and, of course, miniature golf. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: Little America and Wonderland kiddie park," 15 June 2018 Because all the damage was isolated to the golf course, owner Ryan Huber hoped other sections for bowling, arcade games and dining would be open by now. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Local bowling alley still feeling impact of Friday’s downpours," 11 June 2018 Roy has been involved in Special Olympics for 12 years, competing in basketball, softball, bowling, flag football, and track and field. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "The Brown School's Caitlin Roy named Courier Journal Girls Special Olympics Athlete of the Year," 7 June 2018 To build unity and camaraderie among team members, community teams hold social events including painting, golfing, bowling, group dinners, internal contests and more. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 The arcade opened in 1990 and now offers arcade games, go karts, miniature golf, miniature bowling, a giant slide and bumper cars. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: Nothing Bundt Cakes, McAlister's Deli expanding to Mokena," 29 May 2018 Inner Loop FunPlex Amusement Park Indoor entertainment center offers bowling, skating, go-carting, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, mechanical bull, arcade games and the Playport - a two-story play center where kids can jump, climb and slide. Houston Chronicle, "Amusement parks and fun centers to visit with kids," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of bowling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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Phrases Related to bowling

bowling alley

tenpin bowling

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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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