ballpoint

[bawl-point]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ballottement,
  2. ballottine,
  3. ballpark,
  4. ballpark figure,
  5. ballplayer,
  6. ballroom,
  7. ballroom dance,
  8. ballroom dancing,
  9. balls,
  10. balls-up

Origin of ballpoint

First recorded in 1945–50; ball1 + point

Also called ballpoint pen.

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British Dictionary definitions for ballpoint

ballpoint

ballpoint pen ball pen

noun

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