For the verb: "to bowl"

Present Participle: bowling

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bowl•ing /ˈboʊlɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Sportany of several games in which players roll balls at standing objects:Bowling was their favorite pastime on Saturday nights.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bowl•ing  (bōling),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sportany 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, esp. 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. Cf. boccie, candlepin (def. 2), duckpin (def. 2), lawn bowling, ninepin (def. 2), tenpin (def. 2).
  2. Sportthe game of bowls.
  3. Sportan act or instance of playing or participating in any such game:Bowling is a pleasant way to exercise.
  • bowl2 + -ing1 1525–35

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bowl1 /boʊl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Ceramicsa deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, etc.:Mix the vegetables in the bowl.
  2. the contents of a bowl:a bowl of cherries.
  3. a rounded, cuplike, hollow part: the bowl of a pipe.
  4. a stadium:At the Hollywood Bowl we watched the football game.

bowl2 /boʊl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Sport[countable] a heavy ball used in lawn bowling.
  2. Sportbowls, [uncountable;  used with a singular verb]sc lawn bowling :He tried to play bowls but he wasn't any good.
  3. Sport[countable] a delivery of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling.

  1. Sport to play at bowling or lawn bowling:[no object]He likes to bowl (or go bowling) on Saturday night.
  2. to roll the ball in bowling, or attain by bowling:[+ object]He bowled the ball smoothly down the lane. She bowls a good game.
  3. bowl over,
    • to surprise greatly: [+ object + over]That news really bowled us over.[+ over + object]The news really bowled over her friends.
    • to knock down by crashing into: [+ object + over]He nearly bowled us over on his way past.[+ over + object]He bowled over the fence and flowers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bowl1  (bōl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc.
  2. the contents of a bowl:a bowl of tomato soup.
  3. a rounded, cuplike, hollow part:the bowl of a pipe.
  4. Ceramicsa large drinking cup.
  5. festive drinking;
  6. any bowl-shaped depression or formation.
  7. an edifice with tiers of seats forming sides like those of a bowl, having the arena at the bottom;
  8. SportAlso 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.
  9. Printing[Typography.]a curved or semicircular line of a character, as of a, d, b, etc.

  1. Buildingto give (a floor) a gentle inclination on all sides toward some area, as a stage or platform.
bowllike′, adj. 
  • bef. 950; Middle English bolle, Old English bolla; cognate with Old Norse bolli. See boll

bowl2  (bōl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sportone of the balls, having little or no bias, used in playing ninepins or tenpins.
  2. Sportone of the biased or weighted balls used in lawn bowling.
  3. Sportbowls, (used with a sing. v.) See  lawn bowling. 
  4. Sporta delivery of the ball in bowling or lawn bowling.
  5. (formerly) a rotating cylindrical part in a machine, as one to reduce friction.

  1. Sportto play at bowling or bowls;
    participate in or have a game or games of bowling.
  2. Sportto roll a bowl or ball.
  3. to move along smoothly and rapidly.
  4. Sport[Cricket.]to deliver the ball to be played by the batsman.

  1. to roll or trundle, as a ball or hoop.
  2. Sportto attain by bowling:He bowls a good game. She usually bowls a 120 game, but today she bowled 180.
  3. to knock or strike, as by the ball in bowling (usually fol. by over or down).
  4. to carry or convey, as in a wheeled vehicle.
  5. Sport[Cricket.]to eliminate (a batsman) by bowling (usually fol. by out):He was bowled for a duck. He was bowled out for a duck.
  6. bowl over, to surprise greatly:We were bowled over by the news.
  • Latin bulla bubble, knob; compare boil1, bola
  • Middle French
  • late Middle English bowle, variant of boule 1375–1425

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bowling /ˈbəʊlɪŋ/ n
  1. 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)
  2. the game of bowls
  3. the act of delivering the ball to the batsman

bowl /bəʊl/ n
  1. a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc
  2. Also: bowlful the amount a bowl will hold
  3. the rounded or hollow part of an object, esp of a spoon or tobacco pipe
  4. any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
  5. chiefly US a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
  6. a bowl-shaped depression of the land surface
  7. literary a drinking cup
Etymology: Old English bolla; related to Old Norse bolli, Old Saxon bollo
bowl /bəʊl/ n
  1. 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
  2. a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling
  1. to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, esp by throwing underarm along the ground
  2. (intransitive) usually followed by along: to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
  3. to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
  4. Also: bowl out to dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
  5. (intransitive) to play bowls or tenpin bowling
  6. (transitive) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount)

See also bowl over, bowlsEtymology: 15th Century: from French boule, ultimately from Latin bulla bubble

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