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golf ball

  1. a small, white ball with a tough cover and a resilient core of rubber, used in playing golf.
  2. a ball-shaped printing element on certain electric typewriters.
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Origin of golf ball

First recorded in 1535–45
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Examples from the Web for golf ball

Historical Examples

  • And when I am composing, I should not know a golf-ball from an egg.

    Dodo's Daughter

    E. F. Benson

  • They sat on a nose that could have served as a golf-ball model.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • I suppose you haven't seen such a thing as a golf-ball about anywhere, have you?

  • The men who chase the golf-ball don't have to pursue the doctor.

  • About six months ago he lost the remaining sound eye through a blow from a golf-ball.

British Dictionary definitions for golf ball

golf ball

  1. a small resilient, usually white, ball of either two-piece or three-piece construction, the former consisting of a solid inner core with a thick covering of toughened material, the latter consisting of a liquid centre, rubber-wound core, and a thin layer of balata
  2. (in some electric typewriters) a small detachable metal sphere, around the surface of which type characters are arranged
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