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 Some Chromebooks also have special reset keys of their own, or pinholes which, when pressed with a paperclip or a ballpoint pen, will reset the Chromebook. Zachary Visconti,, "How to reset your Chromebook," 12 Mar. 2021 The algal cell pictured here in red, a Coscinodiscus diatom, is 90 micrometers across, or one tenth the width of a ballpoint pen’s tip. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Even Tiny Phytoplankton Have Microbiomes," 19 Feb. 2021 It’s a baby zoarcid, as long as a ballpoint pen and frozen since around last Christmas, when Dykman visited Nine North in the submersible Alvin. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 During a dinner with a German radio producer and others in 1985, Highsmith rolled up her sleeve and inscribed on her forearm a line of numbers with a ballpoint pen. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Fort Worth-born author Patricia Highsmith left behind a complicated, messy legacy," 1 Feb. 2021 While voters are able to use ballpoint pen in black or blue ink or permanent felt-tip marker, the Maricopa County Recorder warns against using red or red-adjacent ink because the tabulation equipment can't read it. Rachel Leingang, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Arizona election departments confirm Sharpies can be used on ballots," 5 Nov. 2020 According to the County Recorder and Elections Department's website, a blue or black ballpoint pen or a Sharpie pen can be used to fill out a ballot, while pens with red or similarly-colored ink should not be used. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Arizona voters sue Maricopa County over 'Sharpiegate'," 5 Nov. 2020 Other oddities of the crib include the yellow ballpoint pen sculpture right outside the bathroom and what looks like a vintage pickup truck door hanging on one wall. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Gigi Hadid's Apartment Has Billiards Balls in the Kitchen, a Giant Pen Sculpture, and Pasta Decor," 27 July 2020 My weak, tingling hand could barely hold a cheap ballpoint pen. Longreads, "A Survey of My Right Arm," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ballpoint pen

1953, in the meaning defined above

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23 Mar 2021

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“Ballpoint pen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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