ball bearing


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

Examples of ball bearing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father was a tool and die maker and his mother, Adele Zaleski Dalkowski, worked in a ball bearing factory. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Steve Dalkowski, Model for Erratic Pitcher in ‘Bull Durham,’ Dies at 80," 11 Apr. 2020 The Model 31 was noted for its slick ball bearing-like pumping stroke and was the darling of many trap shooters and hunters. John M. Taylor, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: The 9 Greatest Shotguns Ever Made in America," 8 Aug. 2012 The Dallas company produces titanium metals products, ergonomic computer support systems and precision ball bearing slides. Dallas News, "It’s proxy season and North Texas companies are disclosing what they paid their workers and CEO," 13 Apr. 2020 With its deep double choils in both the handle and the blade, heavily jimped handle and thumb ramp, and the rock-solid ball bearing lock mechanism, the Manix 2 is a workhorse that excels at precision cutting tasks, too. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 The Harkens shopped their plastic ball bearing blocks, made by hand at the time, to distributors without much success. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He was a giant in the world of sailing': Olaf Harken, co-owner of Pewaukee-based Harken Inc., dies at 80," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ball bearing

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ball bearing was in 1860

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7 May 2020

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“Ball bearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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ball bearing


English Language Learners Definition of ball bearing

: a part of a machine in which another part (such as a metal pole) turns easily
: one of the balls in a ball bearing

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Kids Definition of ball bearing

1 : a bearing in which the revolving part turns on metal balls that roll easily in a groove
2 : one of the balls in a ball bearing

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