from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game played by rolling a ball down a wooden alley in order to knock down a triangular group of ten pins. Also called tenpins.
  • n. A similar game, such as duckpins or ninepins.
  • n. Lawn bowling.
  • n. The playing of one of these games.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of bowl.
  • n. A game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins; ten-pin bowling
  • n. candlepin bowling
  • n. Several similar games played indoors or outdoors.
  • n. The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman.
  • n. A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture.
  • n. The action of the verb bowl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of playing at or rolling bowls, or of rolling the ball at cricket; the game of bowls or of tenpins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In dyeing, the washing of fabrics by passing them over rollers in a vessel of water.
  • n. The act of playing with or at bowls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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
  • n. (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman
  • n. the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc


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