- any of several games in which players standing at one end of an alley or green roll balls at standing objects or toward a mark at the other end, especially a game in which a heavy ball is rolled from one end of a wooden alley at wooden pins set up at the opposite end.Compare boccie, candlepins(def 2), duckpins(def 2), lawn bowling, ninepins(def 1), tenpins(def 1).
- the game of bowls;lawn bowling.
- an act or instance of playing or participating in any such game: Bowling is a pleasant way to exercise.
Origin of bowling
- a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc.
- the contents of a bowl: a bowl of tomato soup.
- a rounded, cuplike, hollow part: the bowl of a pipe.
- a large drinking cup.
- festive drinking; conviviality.
- any bowl-shaped depression or formation.
- an edifice with tiers of seats forming sides like those of a bowl, having the arena at the bottom; stadium.
- Also called bowl game. a football game played after the regular season by teams selected by the sponsors of the game, usually as representing the best from a region of the country: the Rose Bowl.
- Typography. a curved or semicircular line of a character, as of a, d, b, etc.
- to give (a floor) a gentle inclination on all sides toward some area, as a stage or platform.
Origin of bowl1
- one of the balls, having little or no bias, used in playing ninepins or tenpins.
- one of the biased or weighted balls used in lawn bowling.
- bowls, (used with a singular verb) lawn bowling.
- a delivery of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling.
- (formerly) a rotating cylindrical part in a machine, as one to reduce friction.
- to play at bowling or bowls; participate in or have a game or games of bowling.
- to roll a bowl or ball.
- to move along smoothly and rapidly.
- Cricket. to deliver the ball to be played by the batsman.
- to roll or trundle, as a ball or hoop.
- to attain by bowling: He bowls a good game. She usually bowls a 120 game, but today she bowled 180.
- to knock or strike, as by the ball in bowling (usually followed by over or down).
- to carry or convey, as in a wheeled vehicle.
- Cricket. to eliminate (a batsman) by bowling (usually followed by out): He was bowled for a duck. He was bowled out for a duck.
- bowl over, to surprise greatly: We were bowled over by the news.
Origin of bowl2
Examples from the Web for bowling
Contemporary Examples of bowling
The 18-inch air ducts that feed the pipe rooms are each over 50 feet in length, large enough to fit a bowling ball.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
In the eyes of the NRA, Rambo is as grave a threat to gun rights as The Fonz—or the director of Bowling for Columbine.Rambo Hates Guns: How Sylvester Stallone Became the Most Anti-Gun Celeb in Hollywood
August 14, 2014
Paul employed his wife, a deacon in their Bowling Green presbyterian church, for damage control.Is Rand Paul Christian Enough for the GOP?
August 2, 2014
According to the lawsuit, Bowling says his appearance on the show ended in “relentless embarrassment and harassment.”It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors
June 23, 2014
Then there was the bowling party Billy Bob Thornton threw for the cast three or four weeks later.Meet ‘Fargo’ Breakout Star Allison Tolman
April 23, 2014
Historical Examples of bowling
I found the plant quite frequently, in the woods about Bowling Green.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
"Bowling him over with those long sentences was what fetched me," cried Evie.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I don't know where I'll put you, unless it's the bowling alley, but I guess that's your size.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Dulwich were disposed of for 67, largely owing to the bowling of Pearson.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
When within ten miles of Bowling Green the guns opened in our front.The Citizen-Soldier
- any of various games in which a heavy ball is rolled down a special alley, usually made of wood, at a group of wooden pins, esp the games of tenpin bowling (tenpins) and skittles (ninepins)
- the game of bowls
- cricket the act of delivering the ball to the batsman
- (modifier) of or relating to bowls or bowlinga bowling team
- a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc
- Also: bowlful the amount a bowl will hold
- the rounded or hollow part of an object, esp of a spoon or tobacco pipe
- any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
- mainly US a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
- a bowl-shaped depression of the land surfaceSee also dust bowl
- a drinking cup
- intoxicating drink
Word Origin for bowl
- a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, having flattened sides, one side usually being flatter than the other in order to make it run on a curved course
- a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling
- to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, esp by throwing underarm along the ground
- (intr usually foll by along) to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
- to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
- Also: bowl outto dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
- (intr) to play bowls or tenpin bowling
- (tr) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount)he bowled 120
Word Origin for bowl
Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl," from Proto-Germanic *bul- "a round vessel" (cf. Old Norse bolle, Old High German bolla), from PIE *bhl-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).