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Bowling games

boules

noun

a game in which players throw small heavy balls towards a smaller ball on the ground

bowl

verb

to roll a ball across the ground in the sport of bowls or bowling

bowler

noun

someone who plays the sport of bowls or bowling

bowling

noun

an indoor game in which players roll heavy balls along a track, trying to knock down a group of ten pins (=wooden objects that look like bottles)

bowling green

noun

an area of grass on which people play bowls

bowls

noun

a game in which players roll balls across the ground, trying to get as close as possible to a small ball called the jack. The American word is lawn bowling.

frame

noun

one of the games in a snooker or bowling match

green

noun

an area of grass where people play bowls (=a game in which you roll balls along the ground)

lawn bowling

noun

the game of bowls

ninepins

noun

the game of skittles

pin

noun

one of the tall objects that you knock over in the game of ten-pin bowling

skittle

noun

a wooden or plastic object shaped like a bottle, used in the game of skittles

skittles

noun

a game in which you roll a wooden ball at nine skittles

strike

noun

a situation in bowling in which you succeed in knocking down all the pins (=bottle shaped objects) with one ball

tenpin

noun

one of the ten objects shaped like bottles that you try to knock over in the game of tenpin bowling

tenpin bowling

noun

a game played inside where players roll a heavy ball down a bowling lane in order to knock tenpins over. The American word is bowling.

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