General English


  • noun the act, manner, or skill of delivering the ball to the batsman
  • noun the performance or ability of an individual bowler or of the bowlers in a team considered collectively
    Citation ‘The Indian hero was Mohinder Amarnath who defied the bowling for three and a half hours for his first innings top score of 58’ (Tony Cozier, Cricketer May 1983)
    Citation ‘His bowling had gone from useful-third-seamer to firecracker strike bowler’ (Simon Barnes, Wisden 2006)
    See overarm, roundarm, underarm


  • noun a game played by rolling a ball so that it either hits pins, as in tenpin bowling, or moves close to another ball, as in bowls
  • noun the action of launching the ball at a batsman