ballpoint pen

ball·​point pen | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpȯint- How to pronounce ballpoint pen (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ballpoint \ ˈbȯl-​ˌpȯint How to pronounce ballpoint pen (audio) \

Definition of ballpoint pen

: a pen having as the writing point a small rotating metal ball that inks itself by contact with an inner magazine

Examples of ballpoint pen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And when an assassin with a machine gun crashes into his apartment, a weaponless Bourne knows how to subdue the guy with a ballpoint pen. Leah Greenblatt,, 15 June 2022 The culinary world and art world intersected with Japanese ballpoint pen artist Shohei Otomo, whose work is featured throughout the space. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 The exhibition is filled with works on paper, including Giacometti’s numerous, obsessive studies of human heads and bodies, often sketched with a ballpoint pen on anything that came to hand, including exhibition fliers and newspapers. Steven Litt, cleveland, 20 Mar. 2022 Still there are striking juxtapositions: a ravishing delicately fluttering late de Kooning drawing hangs next to Jeff Koons’s impatient ballpoint pen sketch for an early vacuum cleaner piece. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 He has been charged with vandalism after allegedly drawing eyes with a ballpoint pen on an avant-garde painting from the 1930s, worth about $1 million. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 What inspired Yoakum to put colored pencil and ballpoint pen to paper at the age of seventy-one? Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2022 And also, watching the game with a ballpoint pen in hand to do my best to practice on timing when to ring in. Tyler Aquilina,, 27 Jan. 2022 Simply touching a suspicious gray patch of skin with a ballpoint pen can be the first step: If a patient feels no sensation that might mean leprosy. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ballpoint pen

1953, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Ballpoint pen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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