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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Come to think of it, the same goes for tennis, chess, poker, darts and pinball.
▪ Give me a dark back alley compared with being a pinball in the gallery of the desperate.
▪ I am no wizard, but I have always enjoyed a good game of pinball.
▪ Many young helpers worked hard sorting, pricing and selling, as well as offering face-painting and a pinball competition.
▪ There's plenty to see and do in Hurricane, it's a pinball freak's dream come true.
▪ While I finish my mug of tea, Jamie loses his pound on the old fashioned pinball table.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also pin-ball, game played on a sloping surface, 1911, from pin (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier it meant "a pincushion" (1803).


n. 1 (context games English) A game, played on a device with a sloping base, in which the player operates a spring-loaded plunger to shoot a ball, between obstacles, and attempts to hit targets and score points. 2 The ball used in pinball. 3 (context figuratively soccer English) A situation where a ball is frantically kicked between many players. vb. To dart about rapidly.


n. a game played on a sloping board; the object is to propel marbles against pins or into pockets [syn: pinball game]


Pinball is a type of arcade game, in which points are scored by a player manipulating one or more steel balls on a play field inside a glass-covered cabinet called a pinball machine. The primary objective of the game is to score as many points as possible. Many modern pinball machines include a story line where the player must complete certain objectives in a certain fashion to complete the story, usually earning high scores for different methods of completing the game. Points are earned when the ball strikes different targets on the play field. A drain is situated at the bottom of the play field, partially protected by player-controlled plastic bats called flippers. A game ends after all the balls fall into the drain. Secondary objectives are to maximize the time spent playing (by earning "extra balls" and keeping the ball in play as long as possible) and to earn bonus games (known as "replays").

Pinball (video game)

Pinball (ピンボール) is a 1984 pinball video game developed and released by Nintendo for their Nintendo Entertainment System. It is based on a 1983 Game & Watch unit of the same name. In 1985 it reached North America as one of 18 launch titles.

Pinball (comics)

Pinball is a character from Marvel Comics' original Squadron Supreme series. He is apparently a loose combination of the Penguin a frequent Batman villain from DC Comics, and Bouncing Boy.

Pinball (disambiguation)

Pinball is a type of physical arcade game with a metal ball. It may also refer to:

In entertainment:

  • Pinball (video game), a Nintendo video game simulator of pinball
  • Pinball (Microvision), a Microvision video game simulator of pinball
  • Pinball (comics), a fictional character
  • Pinball, 1973, a 1980 novel by Haruki Murakami
  • Pinball (journal), an online literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, and comics
  • Pinball, a sport on the TV series Robot and Monster
  • The pinball application included in Windows NT 4.0, 2000, Me and XP called Full Tilt! Pinball, also included in Windows 95 Plus!
  • A game made by Maxis and Cinimatronics called Full Tilt! Pinball
  • "Pinball", a 1974 top-30 debut single by Brian Protheroe

Other uses:

  • Pinball (file system), the OS/2 HPFS file system
  • Michael "Pinball" Clemons (born 1965), Canadian Football League player, coach and executive
  • "Pinball", unofficial nickname for a piloted Bell P-63 airplane used as a live gunnery target
Pinball (journal)

Pinball is an American literary magazine based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that publishes fiction, essays, visual art, and comics online.

Pinball (file system)
  1. redirect High Performance File System
Pinball (Marius Neset album)

Pinball (released January 30, 2015 in Germany by the label ACT Music – ACT 9032-2) is the 6'th album of the Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset.

Usage examples of "pinball".

Lenz had, freakishly enough, ended up her human pinballing with her bare and unspeakably huge backside wedged tight in the open window of the potty, so forcefully ensconced into the recesstacle that she was unable to extricate, and the bus continued on its northward sojourn the rest of the way up 24 with Mrs.

Downtown, in the Greyhound station, Zoyd put Prairie on top of a pinball machine with a psychedelic motif, called Hip Trip, and was able to keep winning free games till the Vineland bus got in from L.

Within two or three successive seconds, millions of people in widely separated areas-factory and office workers, farmers, housewives, shoppers, salesclerks, restaurant operators, printers, service station attendants, stock-brokers, hoteliers, hairdressers, movie projectionists and patrons, streetcar motormen, TV station staffs and viewers, bartenders, mail sorters, wine makers, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, pinball players .

There were so many other magazines hungry for fiction that the mar­ket for stories was like a pinball machine.

In the submarine sanctum of the club itself you will find a Playboy pinball machine (the artwork depicts Hef flanked by two playmates in their nighties), a video game with a handwritten Out of Order notice taped to its screen, some backgammon tables, a wall of framed centrefolds, and an oval bar where two or three swarthy loners sit slumped over their drinks, staring at the waitresses with an air of parched and scornful gloom.

I beat Jim at the pinball machine for a quarter, then emptied the buckets in the crapper and got fresh water.

The radically redesigned playfield apparently went against the grain of the company that traditionally has been the most conservative of pinball manufacturers, and after a brief run it was dropped from their line.

From the diner they went to the Pinball Pit, an amusement arcade that was one of the chief gathering places for young people in Santa Leona.

Pinball increased in popularity through the 30s and the manufacturers vied with each other to give the game more action and greater ball control.

They have twelve lanes of candlepin bowling with cranky automatic pinsetters that usually take the last three days of the week off, a few ancient pinball machines, a juke featuring the greatest hits of I957, three Brunswick pool tables, and a Coke-and-chips counter where you also rent bowling shoes that look like they might have just come off the feet of dead winos.

Before I had left on this trip I had lain awake at night in my bed in England and pictured myself stopping each evening at a motel in a little city, strolling into town along wide sidewalks, dining on the blueplate special at Betty's Family Restaurant on the town square, then plugging a scented toothpick in my mouth and going for a stroll around the town, very probably stopping off at Vern's Midnite Tavern for a couple of draws and a game of eight-ball with the boys or taking in a movie at the Regal or looking in at the Val-Hi Bowling Alley to kibitz the Mid-Week Hairdressers' League matches before rounding off the night with a couple of games of pinball and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Although widely franchised and primarily located in suburbia, Shakey's did not truly qualify as "fast food" because most of its business was eat in, as opposed to carry out, attempting to replicate urban pizzerias, albeit with player pianos and pinball machines for the customers' entertainment.

Because old Mr Keene was a grouch and wouldn't let kids under twelve eat their stuff at the soda fountain (he claimed the pinball machines in the back room might corrupt them), they took the frappes in two huge waxed containers up to Bassey Park and sat on the grass to drink them.

An almost endless mushroom forest of tables covered the shiny main floor, with silver-clad figures speeding between them like pinballs off bumpers-a thousand waiters and waitresses, two thousand, more, all moving swiftly and frictionlessly as beads of mercury.

With studied gracelessness he shuffled around his four-room office — televisions, hi-fis, a pinball machine, De Palma film posters, curved white tables, orderly work-surfaces.