In theory the game of bowls is very simple, the aim of the player being to roll his bowl so as to cause it to rest nearer to the jack than his opponent's, or to protect a well-placed bowl, or to dislodge a better bowl than his own.
Every player uses four lignum vitae bowls in single-handed games and (as a rule) in friendly games, but only two in matches.
In a house, presenting no distinctive features whatsoever, one finds the decorator with a cupboard full of bowls and vases of glazed biscuit, which he adorns, piece by piece, using the simplest conceivable apparatus and a meagi-e supply of pigments.
At the Constantine age a new style begins, of hard pink ware, neatly made, and often with start-patterns made by a vibrating tool while the vessel rotated: this was mainly used for bowls and cups (P.E.).
People were eating bowls of soup.
The vast swells of the omnipotent sea; the surging, hollow roar they made, as they rolled along the eight gunwales, like gigantic bowls in a boundless bowling-green; the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two; the sudden profound dip into the watery glens and hollows; the keen spurrings and goadings to gain the top of the opposite hill; the headlong, sled-like slide down its other side;--all these, with the cries of the headsmen and harpooneers, and the shuddering gasps of the oarsmen, with the wondrous sight of the ivory Pequod bearing down upon her boats with outstretched sails, like a wild hen after her screaming brood;--all this was thrilling.
Biased bowls were introduced in the 16th century.
In no case must the stationary bowls be touched, or the semicircle crossed by the trailed jack or played bowls.
Its main object is to perfect the proficiency of players in certain departments of bowls proper.
Before he leaves the jack to play, he must observe the situation of the bowls of both sides.