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An employee or a mechanical apparatus that sets up pins in a bowling alley.
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(ˈpɪnˌsɛtə) or


1. (Bowls & Bowling) a machine in a bowling alley that sets the pins into their correct positions
2. (Bowls & Bowling) a person in a bowling alley who sets the pins into their correct positions
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(ˈpɪnˌsɛt ər)

a person or mechanical apparatus in a bowling alley that places the pins in position.
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Automated pinsetters replaced the "pin boys" who set pins by hand.
Unload, take a breath, reload your magazines, calm your shakes, and take a break while the pinsetters stand things up again.
Chesterfield sofas are positioned next to eight restored lanes; pinsetters have been refashioned into chandeliers; and vintage ball-returns now serve as liquor shelves at the horseshoe-shaped bar, where old-fashioneds and Moscow mules flow through the taps.
Pinsetters set up the pins each time we knock them over, making strikes and spares.
As new bowling centers opened, Brunswick's sales of lanes, pinsetters, and ancillary equipment increased rapidly.
The invention of the automatic bowling pin setter put tens of thousands of pinsetters out of work after World War II.
The candlepin pinsetters, which were original equipment from the 1950s, were taken apart and rebuilt, the interior of the facility was gutted and refinished in bright modern colors, a state-of-the-art automatic scoring system with automatic bumpers for the kids is nearly finished, the arcade was redesigned and the outside of the building received a facelift with a new entry, new signs and a bright paint job.
The physical facility category deals with the context of league participation primarily in responses concerned with the equipment and in this case, the lanes, pinsetters, lane conditions, and approaches.
He even paid $400 out of his own pocket to lease automatic pinsetters, and during Watergate went down to the basement to roll off some tension.
It allowed Dacos to offer a complete bowling center package that included pinsetters and bowling lanes supplied by A-1.
Before automated pinsetters usurped their jobs, they sat on a perch at the end of the alley and then swooped down to replace any pins that had been knocked over.
The equipment cost more than $1 million, including installing the lanes, pinsetters, furnishings, gutter sets, scoring system, ball returns and lifts, in addition to purchasing balls and shoes.