Pinball



[pin-bawl] /ˈpɪnˌbɔl/

noun
1.
any of various games played on a sloping, glass-topped table presenting a field of colorful, knoblike target and rails, the object usually being to shoot a , driven by a spring, up a side passage and cause it to roll back down against these projections and through channels, which electrically flash or ring and record the score.
/ˈpɪnˌbɔːl/
noun
1.

n.

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

verb

To move about erratically: Robin Williams’ comedy routines pinball from one manic impression to another

[1980s+; fr the game of pinball, found by 1911, in which a spring-propelled ball bounces about among obstacles]

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