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.

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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Word Origin and History for pinball

pinball


n.

also pin-ball, game played on a sloping surface, 1911, from pin (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier it meant "a pincushion" (1803).

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