pinball machine


Definition of pinball machine 

: an amusement device in which a ball propelled by a plunger scores points as it rolls down a slanting surface among pins and targets

called also pinball game

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Named the Shuttle Interactive Coffee Table, this creation of Altar Furniture is an original 1991 Star Trek pinball machine wrapped inside a body that looks like the hull of a shuttlecraft. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Star Trek Coffee Table Is Also a Pinball Machine and a Meteorite Cabinet," 26 Apr. 2016 Just outside the theater, a large display cabinet houses all of the merchandise that Knievel sold during his years of fame: bicycles, pinball machines, ceiling fans. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 No stroll on the Boardwalk is complete without a visit to the Silverball Museum, home to more than 600 pinball machines. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Weekend Getaway: Asbury Park, NJ," 31 July 2016 The 21-and-over bar features arcade games and pinball machines from the '80s and '90s. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 In reality, Fortnite is not that different from past youth-centric cultural crazes, from Minecraft to Donkey Kong to Atari to pinball machines. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 The old space, once accessible from Couch Street, was once tightly packed with arcade cabinets and pinball machines. Eder Campuzano,, "4 things we learned from a tour of Ground Kontrol's major expansion," 7 June 2018 The Dark Mystery may go dark, the pinball machines could stop flashing and whirring, a tiny circus may leave town, the lights could go out around the exact replica of Jeannie, the Living Half Girl, and Sinister Sal’s mad laugh could be silenced. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "The fun may be about to end for Playland-Not-at-the-Beach," 23 Mar. 2018 My wife loves the pinball machines and works her way down the aisles. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of pinball machine

1936, in the meaning defined above

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