ball bearing


ball bearing

noun

: a part of a machine in which another part (such as a metal pole) turns easily

: one of the balls in a ball bearing

Full Definition of BALL BEARING

:  a bearing in which the journal turns upon loose hardened steel balls that roll easily in a race; also :  one of the balls in such a bearing

First Known Use of BALL BEARING

1883

ball bearing

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of the two types of rolling, or antifriction, bearings (the other is the roller bearing). Its function is to connect two machine members that move relative to one another so that the frictional resistance to motion is minimal. In many applications, one of the members is a rotating shaft and the other a fixed housing. Each ball bearing has three main parts: two grooved, ringlike races and a number of balls. The balls fill the space between the two races and roll with negligible friction in the grooves. The balls may be loosely restrained and separated by means of a retainer or cage.

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