What does the word ninepins mean?

Usage examples for ninepins

  1. He reeled backwards in his saddle, and I, first letting out right and left at the two overseers, who stood one on each side of me, and bowling them over like a couple of ninepins, sprang upon him, seized him by the collar, and dragged him out of his saddle, and, leaping upon the frightened horse's back, gave the poor brute a lash across the flank, which sent him flying down the road, through the 'baccy plants, and out upon the open country like a shot out of a shovel. – The Voyage of the Aurora by Harry Collingwood
  2. The voices were still raised one above another, all eager to establish some important observation about ninepins, or marbles, or tops, or bows and arrows, when suddenly music was heard and the crowd was silenced. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  3. At the entrance to the hollow Rip paused again, for before him was a group of little men playing ninepins. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang