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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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 That means bowling and barbecues for the team have some value, but only up to a point. Neil Senturia,, "Creating a feeling of belonging is critical to your company's success," 25 June 2018 The group helps with the prom along with providing a host of other supportive functions for teen patients, including organizing weekly events like bowling and movie nights. Ben Brazil,, "CHOC to hold prom night for teens battling cancer and for post-treatment survivors," 14 June 2018 Ellen has been an enthusiastic participant in Allied soccer, bowling and softball programs, which provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports alongside their non-disabled peers. Melissa Whatley,, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018 Back in his home country, Khan continued to sharpen his bowling and advanced to represent Afghanistan on the international stage in a one-day international in October 2015, a month after his 17th birthday. Washington Post, "After long wait, Afghanistan prepares for first cricket test," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of bowling

1535, in the meaning defined above

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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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