[ pin-bawl ]

  1. 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

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; pin + ball1

Words Nearby pinball Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pinball in a sentence

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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