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 The ball bearing joint in the middle of the shears allows for precision and smooth cutting through any type of surface. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 May 2021 Each one of your employees needs to be at their best, like the perfect smoothness of the ball bearing. Shakeel Ahmed, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Lightweight ball bearing reel with aluminum spool that won't rust. Bob Beacham,, 17 Oct. 2020 Vibration can be a problem, but ball bearing heads and soft grip handles make for more comfortable tools. Bob Beacham,, 12 Sep. 2020 Even though the chassis has racked up well over 100,000 miles in its time, Mederer has been through every bushing and ball bearing in a top-to-bottom restoration. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2020 One federal officer was struck in the head by a man armed with a two-pound sledgehammer; another suffered a deep leg wound from a marble or ball bearing shot from a high-powered wrist rocket or air gun, court records say. oregonlive, 31 July 2020 What's inside a ball bearing, handgun, or pair of headphones? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2020 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, 11 Apr. 2020

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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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30 May 2021

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“Ball bearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for ball bearing

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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