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

  • n. Sports The foremost pin in an arrangement of bowling pins. Also called kingpin.

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  • n. The kingpin (in ten-pin bowling).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The front pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins


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