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alley
bowling lanes (not a preferred term today)
anchor man
the player who bowls last on a team; usually the best bowler or the one who bowls best under competitive pressure
approach
1) method used by the bowler to move towards the foul line to release the ball, 2) the area behind the foul line that must be at least 15' long
baby split
after 1st ball, 3 and 10 pins (right handed) or 2 and 7 pins (left handed)
backup
a ball that fades away to the right (right handed) or left (left handed)
backup lane
lane on which the ball is inclined to veer to the right (used to be called backup alley)
bed posts
7-10 split
big four
4-6-7-10 split
blow
an error (usually failure to make a spare when there is no split)
break
failure to knock down all pins with two balls
brooklyn
a cross-over ball that usually hits to the left of center in the 1-2 pocket and results in a strike; or same for a left handed bowler who strikes by hitting on the right side in the 1-3 pocket
bucket
the 2-4-5-8 or 3-5-6-9 leave; sometimes called the dinner bucket
cherry
knocking over or chopping off only the front pin or pins of a spare
cross-over
same as brooklyn
curve
a ball that has a wide, sweeping arc, much more pronounced movement than a hook
dead ball
1) an ineffectively delivered ball that stimulates little pin action, 2) any ball rolled when the pins are set improperly or one bowled on the wrong alley
double
two strikes in succession
double pinochle
the 4-6-7-10 split
dutch 200
a score of 200 obtained by the alternate bowling of strikes and spares
error
failure to make a spare when no split was left by the previous ball, same as a blow, marked by (-)
foul line
the line that seperates the approach from the lane
frame
1) 1/10 of a game, 2) the square on the score sheet in which the score for a given frame is marked
graveyard
a defective or difficult lane or alley to score on
groove
a defect or mark in a bowling lane, usually caused by wear, which tends to carry the ball into the pocket
gutter
a trough extending down each side of the lane from the foul line to the pit, into which an inaccurately bowled ball may roll before it arrives at th pins; a modern term for this is channel
head pin
the number 1 pin
high board
a board in the lane which is higher than the others, marking the lane defective
holding lane
a lane on which it is difficult to obtain a curve or hook; formerly called a holding alley
hook
the ball starts out straight down the lane and then veers to the left for a right-handed bowler or to the right for a left-handed bowler
kegler
a synonym for bowler, derived from the German word for pin- "kegel"
kickback
the board at the pit end of the lane that seperates one lane from another
lane
the surface on which the ball is bowled; preferred to the former term "alley"
lead off
the first team player on a team to bowl
leave
the number and location of the pins that remain standing after a ball is bowled
lily
the 5-7-10 split
line
a complete game as recorded on the score sheet
looper
the same as a hook
maple
a bowling pin
mark
a strike or spare
pin bowler
a bowler who aims directly at the pins when bowling
pit
the area at the far end of the lane into which the pins are knocked in bowling or swept into after bowling
pocket
the space or hole between the 1 and 3 pins (right) or 1 and 2 (left)
railroad
a term used by some for a split or at least for certain kinds of splits
running lanes
a lane the produces a more decided hook
sleeper
a spare situationin which a pin is hidden behind another
slot lane
a lane on which strikes are easy to get; formerly called a slot alley
slow lanes
lanes with surfaces that make it easy to hook or curve the ball, same as running lanes
span
the distance between the thumb and finger holes in a bowling ball
spot
the place on a lane at which a bowler aims the ball and over which the bowler hopes it will roll
spot bowler
a bowler who aims at a spot a certain distance from the foul line and over which he anticipates it will roll
tap
a pin left standing after what appeared to be a good hit
thin
a term applied to a bowled ball that barely touches the head pin, sometimes called a light hit. the opposite is full or heavy hit