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pinball (n.)

also pin-ball, 1907, type of game played on a sloping surface where the goal was to knock down a pin or pins, from pin (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier it meant "a pincushion" (1803). The tabletop pin-ball machine is attested from 1937.

updated on June 12, 2020

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Definitions of pinball from WordNet

pinball (n.)
a game played on a sloping board; the object is to propel marbles against pins or into pockets;
Synonyms: pinball game
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