ballpoint pen


ball·​point pen ˈbȯl-ˌpȯint- How to pronounce ballpoint pen (audio)
variants or less commonly ballpoint
: 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 The commitment to a contract was written in blue ballpoint pen by Carles Rexach, the then sporting director of Barça, on the 6.5 x 6.5 inch napkin. Ben Morse, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 For years, Diamond’s team had to decipher little ballpoint pen sketches to understand her visions for album artwork. WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023 The robot similarly modifies a self-portrait done in ballpoint pen, resulting in a cubist effect where the original and recommended sets of lips don’t line up. Leslie Katz, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 On the first and second attempts, his secret voice recorder, disguised to look like a ballpoint pen left on a table, was picked up by somebody else. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 28 July 2023 Endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation, this retractable ballpoint pen also boasts a contoured rubber grip to give you maximum control. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 21 July 2023 His pictures from that time are in blue ballpoint pen on pieces of paper torn out of notebooks — that’s all Kostenko had. Mike Corder, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 Naoki Nishiwaki uses ballpoint pen to make astonishingly intricate drawings, sometimes on tinted paper that’s integral to the color schemes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 That said, this pen is a ballpoint pen instead of a gel pen, so the ink is not quite as durable and can bleed through some papers. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballpoint pen was in 1953

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“Ballpoint pen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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