Definition of bowling in English:



mass noun
  • 1The game of bowls as a sport or recreation.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a sport, bowling has started to shed its image as a game played strictly for weekend fun and recreation.’
    • ‘We are spending my birthday bowling at King George Bowl in downtown Saskatoon and after that we will be retiring to Ozzie's Restaurant on Idywyld.’
    • ‘Well, now it's time for a lower impact sport, bowling, with Ciara.’
    • ‘These included arts and crafts, swimming, knock out competitions, a trip to the cinema, drama, sports, bowling and a day trip out of town.’
    • ‘Whether bowling is your sport of choice or you'd rather go hiking on any given day, there is a wide variety of athletic shoes to choose from.’
    • ‘Now, as she sat in her room, she wished that she hadn't given up bowling, a sport she actually enjoyed playing.’
    • ‘Mr Heyes, 58, started bowling at Keighley AMF Bowl at 7am, cheered on by his friends and family.’
    • ‘Activities include arts and crafts, sports, swimming, bowling, cinema and a day trip.’
    • ‘For Brittany, a sense of belonging is nurtured at sports like softball and bowling.’
    • ‘The other night we took the whole cast to the Hollywood Bowl and were bowling until around 1.30 am.’
    • ‘Billiards, bowling, chess and golf are among the few sports to allow the sexes to compete against each other.’
    • ‘Due to the accessible and adaptable nature of the game, bowling is also an ideal sport for the disabled.’
    • ‘Virtually all of Taylor's predictions about the decline of the sport of bowling have come to pass.’
    • ‘I know our local association does very little to promote the sport of bowling.’
    • ‘Roth is considered the man responsible for revolutionizing the sport of bowling.’
    • ‘Activities included parties, shows, dinners and numerous sports competitions including football, bowling, golf and volleyball.’
    • ‘Of course, you could also just play a normal game of bowling.’
    1. 1.1The game of tenpin bowling.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brendan's chosen events are ten-pin bowling and golf.’
      • ‘Plans to build a new £500,000 ten-pin bowling centre and roller-skate rink in Selby have finally been given the go-ahead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have been swimming at Dauntsey's School, horse riding at Burbage, and have also gone ten-pin bowling and ice skating.’
      • ‘There had been a puffball big enough for ten-pin bowling.’
      • ‘It is comprised of computerised ten pin bowling; children's soft play areas and birthday party areas.’
      • ‘For the more sedate, there was ten pin bowling and splat the rat.’
      • ‘The French flautists joined in all other activities, including ten pin bowling, sight-seeing and shopping.’
      • ‘Sports such as golf, tennis, squash, rugby and ten-pin bowling were contested.’
      • ‘He is more than 100 years old and enjoys ten-pin bowling and chamber music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ten pin bowling isn't the greatest spectator sport, even if you know the people involved.’
    2. 1.2The game of skittles.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When you spend time away from a physical skill such as bowling, your feel suffers.’
      • ‘For the first time in his life, he had time to devote to new hobbies, chief among them bowling.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Cricket
    The action of a bowler in sending down balls towards the batsman's wicket.

    ‘fast bowling’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His colleagues succumbed to the bowling of Tim Grey who took 6-41.’
    • ‘Lehmann admitted that the bowling so far ‘looked underdone’ but he hoped they had got the kinks out of their armour before taking on Surrey.’
    1. 2.1The bowlers in a team.
      ‘on paper their bowling looks weak’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the team cannot defend 315, there must be something wrong with the bowling and fielding.’
      • ‘He identified the improvement in the bowling and the fielding as other positives.’