Definition of bowling in US English:



  • 1The game of tenpin bowling as a sport or recreation.

    • ‘They have been swimming at Dauntsey's School, horse riding at Burbage, and have also gone ten-pin bowling and ice skating.’
    • ‘For the more sedate, there was ten pin bowling and splat the rat.’
    • ‘As well as swimming, ten pin bowling and football, Simon is a keen actor with the Mind the Gap drama group and attends Craven College in Skipton.’
    • ‘The group continues to enjoy bingo and ten pin bowling on alternate Tuesdays.’
    • ‘It is comprised of computerised ten pin bowling; children's soft play areas and birthday party areas.’
    • ‘Cream teas, ten-pin bowling and a visit to Stonehenge are just some of the experiences planned for a group of exchange students due to visit Trowbridge next week.’
    • ‘Adare Active Retirement Association will hold ten pin bowling at the Bowling Centre, Ennis Road this Thursday.’
    • ‘She would stay at mine a lot when she first came up to Scotland and we'd socialise, going ten-pin bowling or to the cinema.’
    • ‘He is more than 100 years old and enjoys ten-pin bowling and chamber music.’
    • ‘Brendan's chosen events are ten-pin bowling and golf.’
    • ‘Despite this, she is able to shop, cook, clean and carry out many other day-to-day tasks as well as take part in her favourite hobbies of ten-pin bowling and ice-skating.’
    • ‘There had been a puffball big enough for ten-pin bowling.’
    • ‘Sports such as golf, tennis, squash, rugby and ten-pin bowling were contested.’
    • ‘Some recreational activities were retained to cater for the needs of the ADF population across all age groups, such as golf and ten-pin bowling.’
    • ‘Plans to build a new £500,000 ten-pin bowling centre and roller-skate rink in Selby have finally been given the go-ahead.’
    • ‘They will first visit the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown, followed by ten pin bowling in Blanchardstown.’
    • ‘The exhausted candidate decided to unwind with a midnight game of ten-pin bowling and asked Klein to join him.’
    • ‘Ten pin bowling isn't the greatest spectator sport, even if you know the people involved.’
    • ‘The French flautists joined in all other activities, including ten pin bowling, sight-seeing and shopping.’
    • ‘At about quarter to four there was a text message from Leigh saying that if it was still raining at 5pm he would pick everyone up and we could go ten-pin bowling.’
    1. 1.1US The game of candlepin or duckpin bowling.
    2. 1.2 The game of lawn bowling.
      • ‘I have torn my Achilles tendon twice while bowling in the last year and a half.’
      • ‘The coach spoke with Tommy about the sport of Bocce before we headed off to bowling in Castlebar.’
      • ‘This is the great thing about bowling; it is a sport anyone can play.’
      • ‘Activities at the camp include football, bowling, cricket and bocce, which is an Italian ball game played in the special Olympics.’
      • ‘The trick to troubleshooting any problem in bowling is to find the correct answer for your game.’
      • ‘Over the past 30 or so years, though, many bowling greens have been closed down, and professional panel bowling has virtually disappeared.’
      • ‘Almost all country towns had racing, cricket, football, bowling, and tennis clubs, and lodges of various crafts and degrees of secrecy and influence.’
      • ‘You can drop by for a swim or a game of bowling anytime from 10 am to 10 pm.’
      • ‘Another popular traditional Irish sport is road bowling (played mostly in County Cork).’
      • ‘It will include events such as Gaelic football, indoor soccer, treasure hunt, bowling, athletics, basketball and tug-of-war.’
      • ‘If you work on these areas, not only will your bowling improve, but so will your mental approach to life.’
      • ‘My good friend Bernie and I continued to do some walking and running after bowling.’
      • ‘She said the good about the golf club is that it would house other sports facilities like squash, badminton, lawn tennis bowling and swimming and the central location.’
      • ‘As a big sports fan who likes cricket, bowling and football, he says he is looking forward to the sporting occasion.’
      • ‘So it is obvious that bowling can be an out for your aggressive urges, among its many other benefits.’
      • ‘But the true spirit of a bowling game is in its bowling, not its frills, right?’
      • ‘This classy joint is located in a sport, bowling and leisure club at Bukit Gading Mediterania, parts of which are still under construction.’
      • ‘How many pins are there to knock down in a game of bowling?’
      • ‘We all know about his problems, but Mr. Weber has done exceptionally well in bowling.’
      • ‘Putting paid to the myth that bowling is a sport for older people, Girl Guides from Ripon tried out the flat green at the Spa Gardens.’
    3. 1.3 The game of skittles.
      • ‘This float looks like a miniature skittle seen in a bowling lane.’
      • ‘Hoggard likes bowling simply because he likes bowling and he would rather think about his pet dog than the complexities of cricket which so fascinate many other people.’
      • ‘When you spend time away from a physical skill such as bowling, your feel suffers.’
      • ‘Bickershaw batted first but, as has been the case all summer, Wythenshawe's superb bowling saw them skittled out for just 84.’
      • ‘For the first time in his life, he had time to devote to new hobbies, chief among them bowling.’
      • ‘It would have involved bowling frozen turkeys down the ice at skittles.’
  • 2Cricket
    The delivery of the ball.

    • ‘In different times and conditions, we might call upon experts to help us, and not just with the bowling.’
    • ‘Azhar made a brave move asking Mohanty to open the bowling along with Srinath and it paid off handsomely.’
    • ‘The Laws of Cricket and the ICC playing regulations both prohibit the bowling of underarm deliveries.’
    • ‘Stroking the ball well when it was full, Youhana milked the bowling for runs.’
    • ‘Glamorgan never came to terms with such a formidable target backed up by strong bowling and were bowled out in 39.4 overs for 240.’
    • ‘Batting first Commercial Bank were up against some tight and penetrative bowling and were bowled out for just 130 in 46.1 overs.’
    • ‘He got off to a rapid start after lunch and thrashed the bowling all over the park.’