ballpoint pen

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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Also: the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets, Space Camp, antigravity ballpoint pens, astronaut ice cream, the moonwalk, and Space Mountain. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 The team even sources ultralight motors called linear actuators capable of generating enough force to lift more than a pound while weighing only about as much as a ballpoint pen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD students restore motion to five-year-old boy’s arms," 15 June 2019 The swastikas drawn in ballpoint pen, each measuring three inches by three inches, were discovered last Friday in a boys’ bathroom. Andrew Stanton,, "Swastikas found at Wellesley Middle School," 13 June 2019 Along with the book, the president also received a set of Duofold pens—a fountain pen, a rollerball, and a ballpoint pen—in the Queen's exclusive design. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Gives Donald Trump a First-Edition Copy of Churchill’s World War II Book," 3 June 2019 The contents of her carry-on include the requisite travel documents, her passport (which is encased in a Smythson passport holder), a Chopard ballpoint pen, a D.Porthault boudoir pillow, and an oversized pashmina which also serves as a blanket. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 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

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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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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