pinball machine

noun

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

Examples of pinball machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pinball machine really would be spending in the sense that Republicans characterize Democrats’ plans—heedless, ill-thought, selfish. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 In one episode of Pickers, one of the hosts, Mike Wolfe, literally arm wrestles a seller to set the price of a pinball machine. Stephen Lurie, The Atlantic, 26 Aug. 2021 Indeed, there are welding tables and toolboxes and a pinball machine, and then there are countless little mementos from a career that has spanned over 20 years. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2021 Cottrill introduces me to dogs, kittens, and guinea pigs, which are nuzzled in a cage next to a dusty Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 The only problem was that the older, better hockey teams played first, so when my brother’s team was starting, the older teams would be emerging from the locker room and begin to cluster around the pinball machine. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, 7 July 2021 Fallon’s Biden recalls frying peanuts on a Woodrow Wilson pinball machine, as well as the women of Scranton coiffing their beehive hairdos with the oil slick left by his old car. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 20 May 2021 Even her high-heeled legs were cast by Edward and Nancy Kienholz at their Berlin studio in 1980 and mounted to the front of a Playboy pinball machine for a feminist assemblage sculpture (The Bronze Pinball Machine With Woman Affixed Also). Michael Slenske, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 The male found a pinball machine online and contacted the company to purchase it. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of pinball machine

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinball machine was in 1936

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“Pinball machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinball%20machine. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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