from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game played on a device in which the player operates a plunger to shoot a ball down or along a slanted surface having obstacles and targets, often equipped with flippers to keep the ball in play.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. The ball used in pinball.
- n. A situation where a ball is frantically kicked between many players.
- v. To dart about rapidly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bead-sight. Also called pinball-sight.
- n. A small round pincushion, usually made on cardboard: sometimes of other forms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game played on a sloping board; the object is to propel marbles against pins or into pockets
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Further "pinball" is a pretty implausible inspiration for a naming a show that has no connection whatsoever to pinball.
“I think it’s tragic,” said Roger Sharp, director of marketing for WMS Gaming, formerly Williams, once a leader in pinball and video games, now a leader in slot machines.
The Escapist runs an article about the "old video games," namely pinball machines.
By Harriet Baskas, msnbc.com contributor National Pinball Museum opening Saturday, Jan. 14, in Baltimore, Md., first discovered the coin-operated, arcade-game known as pinball when he was 4 years old.
Between this and David's Midnight Magic, the 80s saw me in a kind of pinball-themed heaven.
The "pinball" followup at least makes the "we came up with it on our own" sound remotely plausible, though in fact those answers (from the same person) are simply mutually exclusive.
The purpose of this exclusion was to exclude games such as "pinball" from the provisions of the Gambling Act, 1965.
Except "pinball", that is too old (it's the only version I found in repository).
The Boardwalk hosts fireworks every Wednesday night, movies on the beach every Thursday night and everyday amusements such as pinball at the Silverball Museum, a whimsical WaterPark for kids, a miniature golf course and glass-blowing at Hot Sand.
This isn't the kind of pinball title you can pick up for casual flick.