Definition of Ninepins

1. Noun. A bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins.

Exact synonyms: Skittles
Generic synonyms: Bowling

Definition of Ninepins

1. n. pl. A game played with nine pins, or pieces of wood, set on end, at which a wooden ball is bowled to knock them down; bowling.

Definition of Ninepins

1. Noun. (plural of ninepin) ¹

2. Noun. The game of skittles ¹

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Definition of Ninepins

1. ninepin [n] - See also: ninepin

Medical Definition of Ninepins

1. A game played with nine pins, or pieces of wood, set on end, at which a wooden ball is bowled to knock them down; bowling. In the United States, ten pins are used for this game, which is therefore often called tenpins. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ninepins

nine times
nine to five
ninepin ball
ninepins (current term)
nineteen eighteen
nineteen eighty
nineteen eighty-eight
nineteen eighty-five
nineteen eighty-four
nineteen eighty-nine
nineteen eighty-one
nineteen eighty-seven

Literary usage of Ninepins

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Jolly Book of Playcraft by Patten Beard (1916)
"THE GAME OF BOX ninepins Material Required to Make the Game of Box ninepins: from five to nine small oblong druggist boxes about two inches long, a marble. ..."

2. Glossary of Terms and Phrases by Henry Percy Smith (1883)
"Skittles or ninepins. Cloth in the wind. (Naut.) 1. Sailing so near the wind that the sails shake. 2. Tipsy. Clot-poll, Clod-poll. A blockhead. Clôture. ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"It seems simpler to confess our ignorance of the reason for which this name was given. ninepins. Ben Jonson speaks of 'nine-pins or keils; Chlo- ridia. ..."

4. Miscellaneous and Posthumous Works by Henry Thomas Buckle (1872)
"In 1683, ninepins were played there (see Ballads on the Great Frost, p. 27, Percy Society, vol. ix.) In the reign of Mary, it was usual to bury Protestant ..."

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