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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Surprisingly, Jeff Bridge's former family estate doesn't have a working bowling alley—something his character from The Big Lebowski would have definitely fought for. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Jeff Bridges is Selling His Montecito Home For $8 Million," 23 May 2019 Martin signed on, putting up $3.5 million to buy a former local bowling alley. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "The Greatest Museum Show is Not in a Museum," 6 May 2019 Oswego East coach Jeremy Hillman said bowling alongside teammates was an advantage for Harlem's Hagerman. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Two good: Oswego East bowler Kiana Krahulik takes runner-up honors at state meet," 18 Feb. 2018 The prices are far less than at Manhattan lanes — $25 an hour and no charge for bowling shoes. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Pin Chaser in Charge," 26 Jan. 2018 Leave it to ever-fearless style chameleon Dua Lipa to somehow transform the average-Joe bowling outfit into something completely glamorous. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Turns a Bowling Alley Into a Runway," 25 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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