bucky·​ball ˈbə-kē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce buckyball (audio)
: a molecule of buckminsterfullerene
broadly : fullerene

Examples of buckyball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spherical buckyball takes the level of curvature to its extreme, which Barron said clearly plays a role in how well the molecules bind. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Dec. 2014 To try to coax magnetism out of copper and manganese, scientists turned to a quirky carbon molecule called a buckyball. Andy Berger, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2015 While Kroto and Smalley pursued further buckyball research, Dr. Curl soon moved on to other areas of interest. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 In 1996 Kroto, Curl and Smalley were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their roles in discovering the molecule, called buckminsterfullerene, or just fullerene (also known as a buckyball). Ryan C. Fortenberry, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020 Kroto was convinced that buckyballs were present in space and were likely to be the source of some DIB fingerprints. Ryan C. Fortenberry, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2020

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Word History


R. Buckminster Fuller + -y entry 4

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buckyball was in 1985

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“Buckyball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckyball. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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