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1 The athwartships curve of a ship's deck, usually giving a fall towards the sides of a quarter of an inch (6.35 mm) to each foot (30.5 cm). 2 A small ...

crown-green bowls

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A Dictionary of Sports Studies

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...bowls A variant of the outdoor version of bowls , in which the bowler must negotiate not just the lie of the grass green and the weighted bias of the balls (or woods), but also a built-in camber as the green rises to the centre and falls away to the edges. In crown-green bowls, the jack—the ball at which the woods are aimed—is also biased. The sport was widely popular in the midlands and north of England for much of the 20th century, both for playing at all levels, and for betting by spectators at organized professional competitions, the most famous...

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Food and Fitness: A Dictionary of Diet and Exercise (2 ed.)

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...the lower end of the thigh bone. This injury has the much more impressive medical name of ‘iliotibial band friction syndrome’. It usually occurs in runners who have been running for less than 4 years and who regularly run more than 10 miles (about 16 km) per week. Running on cambered roads and excessive pronation increases the risk of suffering this condition. Treatment includes static stretching exercises of the iliotibial...


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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...the earliest times the Welsh called themselves Y Gwir Frythoniaid [the true Britons], Brythoniaid, and Cymry. Cymry (also Kymry) derives from the Celtic combrogos [compatriot]; Geoffrey of Monmouth 's (12th cent.) asserted etymology tracing the root to an eponymous founder named Camber is clearly spurious. In Modern Welsh Cymry denotes the Welsh people, while Cymru denotes the principality or nation of Wales. Latinized forms such as Wallia and Gwalia were found in both English and Welsh contexts. The demarcation of Wales from ancient Britain is often dated by...