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ball bearing

noun, Machinery
a bearing consisting of a number of hard balls running in grooves in the surfaces of two concentric rings, one of which is mounted on a rotating or oscillating shaft or the like.
any of the balls so used.
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ball-bearing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ball bearing
  • Generators had a ball bearing on one end of the armature and a bushing on the other end.
  • The ball bearing race housings are instrumented with thermistors to measure the temperature.
  • On bi-parting tracks, provide two-wheel nylon or ball bearing end pulleys with zinc-coated steel housing at each end.
  • Precision ball bearing, full extension drawer suspensions used on all drawers.
  • All axial or thrust loads are taken by a large ball bearing at the apex end of the horn.
British Dictionary definitions for ball bearing

ball bearing

a bearing consisting of a number of hard steel balls rolling between a metal sleeve fitted over the rotating shaft and an outer sleeve held in the bearing housing, so reducing friction between moving parts while providing support for the shaft
a metal ball, esp one used in such a bearing
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ball bearing in Science
ball bearing  

  1. A ring-shaped track containing hard metal balls that roll freely, used to reduce friction where a rotating element (such as an axle) is attached to a fixed point.

  2. A hard ball used in such a track.

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