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crystal ball

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
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was no other than Artegall, the knight of the crystal ball.

  • In front of her stood a small table upon which rested a crystal ball.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • The eager flames held Ben's fascinated gaze as a crystal ball might hold the eyes of a seer.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • She had a magnifying-glass on one side of her and a crystal ball on the other.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
  • Now, concentrate and fix your gaze on the ring, crystal ball, or locket.

  • It came from the lips of that girl sitting close to the crystal ball.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for crystal ball

crystal ball

the glass globe used in crystal gazing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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