WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
nine•pins  (nīnpinz′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sport(used with a sing. v.) tenpins played without the head pin.
  2. Sportninepin, a pin used in this game.
  • nine + pins 1570–80

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
nine•pin /ˈnaɪnˌpɪn/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Sportninepins, [uncountable;  used with a singular verb] a game of bowling played without the head pin.
  2. Sport[countable] a pin used in this game.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ninepins /ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz/ n
  1. (functioning as singular) another name for skittles
    See skittle
  2. (singular) one of the pins used in this game



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