a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge.

Origin of ballpoint

First recorded in 1945–50; ball1 + point
Also called ballpoint pen. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ballpoint

Contemporary Examples of ballpoint

  • The officer passed a form across the table and handed me a ballpoint pen, and I realized that this was war.

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    In War, What Remains

    Artis Henderson

    January 7, 2014

  • This week, Jim Carrey plays a smitten con man, the craziest literary tattoos, and a new art show fashioned with a ballpoint pen.

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    The Yes List: A Different Kind of Love Story

    The Daily Beast

    December 3, 2010

  • There wasn't a ballpoint pen, clipboard, or paper form in sight.

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    Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward

    Daily Beast Promotions

    February 23, 2009

Historical Examples of ballpoint

British Dictionary definitions for ballpoint


ballpoint pen ball pen


a pen having a small ball bearing as a writing pointAlso called (Brit): Biro
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