Etymology
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bowling (n.)

1530s, "the act of playing at bowls," verbal noun from bowl (v.). Bowling-alley is from 1550s; bowling-green is from 1640s.

updated on July 20, 2017

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Definitions of bowling from WordNet

bowling (n.)
a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them;
bowling (n.)
(cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman;
bowling (n.)
the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc;
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