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: a shot pellet 0.18 inch in diameter for use in a shotgun cartridge
: a shot pellet 0.175 inch in diameter for use in an air gun


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bachelor of business
ball bearing
base on balls
blue book
B'nai B'rith

Examples of BB in a Sentence

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The tour follows the recent release of Tinashe’s BB/Ang3l and Shygirl’s Nymph in the Wild EP. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 12 Sep. 2023 The performance was a first listen for the song, off her upcoming album BB/Ang3L, out Sept. 8. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 The gun was determined to be a facsimile airsoft BB gun. Andy Attina /, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2023 The project on Highway 18 spans 4.3 miles from County Road BB (North Golden Lake Road) to State Highway 67 (Summit Avenue), mostly in the village of Summit and just north of the village of Dousman. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2023 Tyree said Benner emerged from the alley with a BB gun. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 25 Aug. 2023 Another student had a BB gun. Bomb threats and firearm on-campus reports can cause schools to undergo intense and prolonged lockdowns, and the routine and growing nature of them has forced some school districts to reevaluate their methods. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 18 Aug. 2023 The software has so far identified BB guns, Airsoft guns and water guns at schools. Carmen Nesbitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 This season, the Big Brother house has been split into four multiverses: the BB Comicsverse, the Humiliverse, the Scaryverse, and the Scrambleverse. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of BB was in 1832

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“BB.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a small round piece of shot
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