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

  • n. Sports A strike in bowling.
  • n. Informal A remarkably successful stroke or act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strike; the knocking down of all ten pins with one delivery of the ball
  • n. Any quick, decisive stroke or act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knocking down of all ten pins at one delivery of the ball.
  • n. Any quick, decisive stroke or act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In American-bowling, a stroke which knocks down all the ten pins; hence, figuratively, a stroke or act of any kind which is entirely successful or decisive.

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

  • n. a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball


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