from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The game of bowls played with ten pins or men in a long alley. The players strive with three or fewer bowls of the ball to knock down all the pins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun United States A game resembling ninepins, but played with ten pins. See ninepins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A game, a form of bowling, played with ten pins as the target.
  • noun Plural form of tenpin.

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

  • noun bowling down an alley at a target of ten wooden pins


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