crystal ball


noun

a ball of clear crystal, glass, or the like, used in crystal gazing.
a method or means of predicting the future.

Origin of crystal ball

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words for crystal ball

clairvoyance, divination, prediction, envisagement

British Dictionary definitions for crystal ball

crystal ball

noun

the glass globe used in crystal gazing
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Idioms and Phrases with crystal ball

crystal ball

A means of predicting the future, as in So what does your crystal ball say about the coming election? The term is a figurative use of the crystal or glass ball used by fortune-tellers. [c. 1900]

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