from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Applied to the method delivering the ball in bowling, by swinging the arm horizontally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cricket, swinging the arm round more or less horizontally, or done with the arm so used: as, a round-arm bowler; round-arm bowling.

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

  • adv. with an outward or horizontal swing of the arm
  • adj. with the arm swung round at shoulder height


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  • Even while the German wench was recovering her breath afterwards and ringing for refreshments, I was limbering up on the rug, trying out my old round-arm swing; I even got some of her sisters in to throw oranges to me for catching practice, and you never saw anything jollier than those painted dollymops scampering about in their corsets, shying fruit.

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  • Then came the Germantown Club, of native American boys, organized in 1855, whose highest ambition, for many years, was to play the Philadelphia Club, "barring Tom Senior," then the only fast round-arm bowler in the country.

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  • The _bowler_, stepping briskly up to his crease, delivers the ball, and, whether it be a "fast round-arm" or a "slow under-hand," his endeavor is so to bowl it that the ball shall elude the batsman's defence and strike the wicket.

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