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

  • n. A smooth, level wooden lane used in bowling.
  • n. A building or room containing lanes for bowling.

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  • n. A building which contains lanes for bowling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a covered place for playing at bowls or tenpins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covered place for the game of bowls, provided with a passage or alley of smooth planking on which to roll the balls. See ninepins.

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

  • n. a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
  • n. a building that contains several alleys for bowling


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  • In the U.S., an establishment where individuals and teams go to play the sport of ten-pin bowling. Usually has a bar and snack-bar as well as pool tables and pin ball machines.

    February 4, 2008