pinsetter

noun
pin·​set·​ter | \ ˈpin-ˌse-tər How to pronounce pinsetter (audio) \

Definition of pinsetter

: an employee or a mechanical device that spots pins in a bowling alley

Examples of pinsetter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several key parts combine to create the bowling experience, including synthetic lanes, gutter channels, an automated pinsetter machine and a ball return. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where does your bowling ball go? Get an inside look at how a bowling alley works," 14 July 2019 Pay attention to other finishing touches, such as chandeliers made from repurposed pinsetters, vintage bowling photos and old-school banners. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "Four Hours: Bowling, snacking and shopping in Highland Park," 21 June 2019 Pay attention to other finishing touches, such as chandeliers made from repurposed pinsetters, vintage bowling photos and old-school banners. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four Hours: Bowling, snacking and shopping in Highland Park," 21 June 2019 The run started with Paul, a pinsetter in his youth at a small bowling center in Daggett in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Bowling family on a roll with 41 perfect games," 13 Mar. 2018 At the end of the 16 lanes of well worn wood are majestic pinsetter machines, vintage Brunswick beauties in cool spearmint green. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Pin Chaser in Charge," 26 Jan. 2018 Its two lower-level lanes were fully restored earlier this year and still use manual pinsetters. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Vintage-era bowling alive and well in Wisconsin," 31 Oct. 2017 The lanes have been restored and are maintained by her husband, Michael, who learned how to oil the alleys and fix the pinsetters by watching YouTube videos. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Vintage-era bowling alive and well in Wisconsin," 31 Oct. 2017 On Sunday, Remy Nelan, 12, and Chance Leisgang, 11, skipped trick-or-treat to work for tips as the pinsetters. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Vintage-era bowling alive and well in Wisconsin," 31 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pinsetter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pinsetter

1958, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pinsetter

Time Traveler for pinsetter

Time Traveler

The first known use of pinsetter was in 1958

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pinsetter

Cite this Entry

“Pinsetter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinsetter. Accessed 14 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on pinsetter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pinsetter

Comments on pinsetter

What made you want to look up pinsetter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assail by words or arguments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!