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

First recorded in 1945–50; ball1 + point
Also called ballpoint pen.
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ballpoint pen ball pen

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