Definition of bowling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊlɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The game of bowls as a sport or recreation.
Example sentences
  • There are all kinds of recreation, such as indoor bowling, card games, keep fit exercises, rings and many more.
  • They've been recommended ahead of a long list of other Olympic aspirants, including squash, surfing, dance sport, bowling and chess.
  • These persons may participate in low-intensity sports such as bowling, golf, billiards, and cricket.
1.1The game of tenpin bowling.
Example sentences
  • The exhausted candidate decided to unwind with a midnight game of ten-pin bowling and asked Klein to join him.
  • Adare Active Retirement Association will hold ten pin bowling at the Bowling Centre, Ennis Road this Thursday.
  • They will first visit the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown, followed by ten pin bowling in Blanchardstown.
1.2The game of skittles.
Example sentences
  • Bickershaw batted first but, as has been the case all summer, Wythenshawe's superb bowling saw them skittled out for just 84.
  • It would have involved bowling frozen turkeys down the ice at skittles.
  • This float looks like a miniature skittle seen in a bowling lane.
2 Cricket The action of a bowler in sending down balls towards the batsman’s wicket: fast bowling
More example sentences
  • So he told himself he must not play his big shots until he had judged the state of the pitch, the pace of the bowling and the feel of the game.
  • McGrath and Lee should open the bowling for Australia Thursday after England captain Michael Vaughan won the toss and decided to bat.
  • Although overall the bowling wasn't as good as usual there were no 4-0 games and everyone appeared to enjoy it.
2.1The bowlers in a team: on paper their bowling looks weak
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  • At present everyone seems to have stronger bowling teams than batting, so they are putting all the batsmen under pressure.
  • For some years now the West Indies bowling has been very weak indeed.
  • This Delhi cricketer can so easily make a difference in a key game, wading into the bowling with effortless ease.

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