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 Upstairs, a small game room adds seven additional tables, a couple of pinball machines, a couple of claw machines and a photo booth. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 24 June 2024 Don’t forget to bring quarters for the rows of pinball machines at its Electric Bat Arcade. Details: 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 The venue also has a party room that features 11 pinball machines, a 90-minute axe-throwing duration and extra tables. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 1 May 2024 Challenge 2: In the final immunity challenge, which involved a puzzle and a giant pinball machine, Petty came close to winning, but Ben came out on a top, locking down his first win of the season and a spot in the final three. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pinball machine 

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinball machine was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Pinball machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pinball machine

pin·​ball machine
: a game in which a ball shot by a plunger scores points as it rolls around a slanting surface among pins and targets

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