ballpoint pen

noun
ball·​point pen | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpȯint- \
variants: or less commonly ballpoint \ ˈbȯl-​ˌpȯint \

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

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In 1954, the first roll-on antiperspirant debuted, inspired by the ballpoint pen. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How 5 Everyday Products Have Changed Through the Ages," 10 Dec. 2018 In a wondrous landscape drawing in colored pencil and ballpoint pen (1970), Joseph Yoakum articulates a kind of visionary geology, where a band of men's bare torsos rim a lake. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Chips in a cell phone are an example of core technology components, just like engines in a plane — or the ball in a ballpoint pen. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 So much so that when one poor soul was compelled to drive a ballpoint pen into his forehead, the temptation to emulate him was almost irresistible. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Trapped in a Deadly Game of ‘Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare’," 12 Apr. 2018 Streeter will show participants how to protect themselves using everyday objects such as a ballpoint pen or keys and cover situational awareness and how to stay strong in your older years. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Free self-defense class for adults 50 and older," 18 Apr. 2018 Diners are still given a ballpoint pen to mark their selections on the menu. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018 It’s done with three different types of blue ballpoint pen. John Ortved, New York Times, "See the Art That Tavi Gevinson Collects," 3 Jan. 2018 At left is a ballpoint pen, imaged at 30x magnification. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "A Whole New World," 12 Dec. 2017

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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