ballpoint pen

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

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Premier Li Keqiang once quipped that despite its billions of pens produced each year, China still cannot make the ball in a ballpoint pen. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 At Popular Mechanics, my starting rotation features a Tetzbo ballpoint pen from Japan, a Koh-I-Noor mechanical pencil from the Czech Republic, and a billion Bic Round Stics from the supply closet. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the $2 Pen That Got Me into Fountain Pens," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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ballpoint pen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ballpoint pen

: a pen whose tip is a small metal ball that rolls on a writing surface

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