[ pin-bawl ]
/ ˈpɪnˌbɔl /
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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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How to use pinball in a sentence
Girra was a powerful figure in the metropolitan pin-ball game syndicate and had a piece of the number policy racket too.
It was as natural for her to want to flirt with every man she saw, as for a kitten to scamper after a pin-ball.The Pearl of Orr's Island|Harriet Beecher Stowe
The little lady watches every motion as comically as a kitten watches a pin-ball.The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Aunt Louise made a nice little dressing-case of bronze kid, lined with silk, and Grace made a pretty pen-wiper and pin-ball.Captain Horace|Sophie May
He read a newspaper and fed a dollar and a half into a pin-ball machine.Ghost Beyond the Gate|Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for pinball
/ (ˈpɪnˌbɔːl) /
- a game in which the player shoots a small ball through several hazards on a table, electrically operated machine, etc
- (as modifier)a pinball machine
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