- (used with a singular verb) tenpins played without the head pin.
- ninepin, a pin used in this game.
Origin of ninepins
Examples from the Web for ninepins
Historical Examples of ninepins
Treat men as pawns and ninepins and you shall suffer as well as they.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Margaret hunted about in the attic, and found a box of ninepins.Margaret Montfort
Laura E. Richards
Peter was silently appointed to set up the ninepins for them.Folk-lore and Legends: German
The Indians fell like ninepins, but there were always more to come on.The Watchers of the Plains
Had any one had the courage to do so, they would have gone down like a row of ninepins.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth
Talbot Baines Reed
- (functioning as singular) another name for skittlesSee skittle (def. 2)
- (singular) one of the pins used in this game