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[bawl-point] /ˈbɔlˌpɔɪnt/
a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge.
Also called ballpoint pen.
Origin of ballpoint
1945-50; ball1 + point Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ballpoint
  • For professors who shift to the app world, there's one gadget they can do without: that messy ballpoint pen.
  • Everyone in cast and crew chipped in and bought me a ballpoint pen.
  • Never use ballpoint or felt-tip pen to label records.
  • The mailer must make all entries on firm sheets by typewriter, ink, or ballpoint pen.
  • If completing the form manually, please type or print legibly using a ballpoint ink pen.
  • Type or print clearly with a ballpoint pen and sign and date the application.
  • It is also used in hydraulic brake fluids and inks used in stamp pads, ballpoint pens, and print shops.
British Dictionary definitions for ballpoint


a pen having a small ball bearing as a writing point Also called (Brit) Biro
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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