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pinball

[ pin-bawl ]
/ ˈpɪnˌbɔl /
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noun

any of various games played on a sloping, glass-topped table presenting a field of colorful, knoblike target pins and rails, the object usually being to shoot a ball, driven by a spring, up a side passage and cause it to roll back down against these projections and through channels, which electrically flash or ring and record the score.

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Origin of pinball

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; pin + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for pinball

pinball
/ (ˈpɪnˌbɔːl) /

noun

  1. a game in which the player shoots a small ball through several hazards on a table, electrically operated machine, etc
  2. (as modifier)a pinball machine
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