- 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.
Origin of pinball
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Examples from the Web for pinball
Asteroids, at the moment I am writing, is the most popular coin-operated game—video, pinball, or other—in the United States.
The lure and addiction of gaming—which went back to pinball, of course—became a sensation with Asteroids.
In fact, it was by way of pinball that Fisher came to Asteroids in the first place.
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Not so long ago, pinball machines were as much a fixture in French cafés as coffee and Calvados.Paris Cafes Lose Their Pinball Machines, as Numbers Dwindle
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From pinball games to tennis and skiing, from virtual bowling to virtual football, our thoughts make new experiences possible.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Later, in the Recreation Lounge, Ringg challenged him to a game with one of the pinball machines.
Resolutely, Bart turned his back on the bewitching colors, and bent over the pinball machine.
We just did a test yesterday and if he inspects this place now, we won't get enough money to build a pinball machine.Wait for Weight
- 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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Word Origin and History for pinball
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