Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An employee or a mechanical apparatus that sets up pins in a bowling alley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The person that clears fallen pins and resets them in tenpin bowling
  • n. The machine that clears fallen pins and resets them in tenpin bowling

Etymologies

pin +‎ setter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What a fun post-- one of the umpteen jobs my dad had in his life was as a pinsetter in the long defunct Bellow Falls bowling alley.

    Smoking Pinsetters

  • The Indiana school offers the country's only program in Bowling Industry Management and Technology, where students learn topics like pinsetter mechanics and lane care.

    Eleven Unusual Majors Your College Probably Didn't Offer

  • Pinsetter Technicians are responsible for immediately correcting all minor malfunctions of the automatic pinsetter while bowling is in progress and assisting the mechanic in a formal preventive maintenance program for the pinsetter machines.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • He works fulltime at Rutland Bowlerama, his main duty being a pinsetter, but the dream of making a living on the tour is always there.

    RutlandHerald.com

  • The nation's oldest bowling alley, the Holler House in Milwaukee, somehow missed the memo - and the one in 1936 announcing the invention of the automatic pinsetter.

    mental_floss Blog

  • He was among the few white kids in New Iberia who were tough and desperate enough to set pins at the bowling alley, in the years before air conditioning when the pits were 120 degrees and filled with exploding pins, crashing metal racks, cursing Negroes, and careening bowling balls that could snap a pinsetter’s shinbone in half.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • "I have been in this industry for 40 years and I have never known any member of the public injured by a bowling pinsetter.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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