Definition of tenpin in US English:



  • 1A wooden pin used in tenpin bowling.

    • ‘It's hard to see 20 wickets falling like tenpins.’
    • ‘Tenpin pinsetting equipment is more expensive and labor intensive than a 5 pin string machine.’
    • ‘I steamed towards my tenpins like a rocket.’
    • ‘He did a nice impression of a bowling ball, knocking off his first nine opponents like so many tenpins.’
    1. 1.1tenpinsNorth American treated as singular Tenpin bowling.
      • ‘Our two sport disciplines, tenpin and ninepin, also have their own business structures.’
      • ‘Our final exciting finish is one of the most unexpected in tenpin history.’
      • ‘Canada setting up its own bowling association can only help the sport of tenpins.’
      • ‘They could not bowl a full tenpins game during their lunch hours.’
      • ‘The sport with the highest profile is tenpins.’
      • ‘Five-pin bowling has been popular longer than tenpins has in Canada.’
      • ‘Bowling is not just a game of tenpins but an occasion for conversation.’
      • ‘He fooled around with plenty of other sports before settling on tenpins as his livelihood.’
      • ‘Five pins was the only game in town until tenpins came along.’
      • ‘I joined that league partway through the season, and I was hooked on the tenpin game.’
      • ‘It is one of the very last old-style tenpin alleys.’
      • ‘She became a national celebrity after defeating the greatest tenpin bowler of his day.’
      • ‘It could be argued that tenpins runs in his veins.’
      • ‘He had touched on a topic that bothers some tenpin fans.’
      • ‘The tenpin center is part of a booming business/entertainment area.’
      • ‘He looks back fondly on his tenpin career.’