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

Examples of pinball machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show features over 100 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and plenty of guest speakers., "Baker Mayfield corn maze and 11 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Sept. 7-8," 7 Sep. 2019 Bowlers pay for shoes and by-the-hour alley rates at Bowlero's front counter, which is backed by vintage photos and the painted back glass of a 1970 Strike Zone pinball machine. John Monaghan,, "Royal Oak bowling alley's $1.4M vintage overhaul is a 'feast for the eyes'," 22 Aug. 2019 There was also a cotton candy station and a mini-arcade filled with pinball machines. Enjoying the retro revelry were guests including Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira, and Rowan Blanchard. Vogue, "Rodarte Celebrates its Latest Capsule Collection “Radarte” With a 1980s-Themed Extravaganza," 2 Aug. 2019 Bring some quarters and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame, a museum full of pinball machines from the 1950s to 1990s. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "How to visit Las Vegas for cheap: Affordable ways to get there, free things to do," 10 Aug. 2019 Sprinkled about are artful touches like a raw copper tap box and two pinball machines off the main room. Andre Meunier,, "Copier salesman hits reset button, starts Second Profession: Portland Breweries Series," 29 July 2019 Your question pings like an old pinball machine — jack-of-all-trade-ism, job-hopping, restaurant work, anxiety, ping, ping, ping. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: Does husband’s job-hopping point to ADHD?," 30 July 2019 Inside, people hover around a row of pinball machines: Attack From Mars, Star Wars, Eight Ball Deluxe, Red and Ted's Road Show. Mikaela Lefrak, Washington Post, "Competitive pinball is having a revival. This time around, women want their turn.," 29 July 2019 The walk-through will wow attendees with wacky, inflatable tube men, pinball machines, the world’s smallest car and a Humvee made completely out of lotto tickets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 16 things to do outside Comic-Con without a badge," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of pinball machine

1936, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of pinball machine was in 1936

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