crystal ball


Definition of crystal ball

1 : a sphere especially of quartz crystal traditionally used by fortune-tellers
2 : a means or method of predicting future events

Examples of crystal ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web History can serve as a guide, but no one has a crystal ball. Kristin Mckenna, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Something akin to a statistical crystal ball, the chart above compares life among the 10 percent of the American population most exposed to automation with life among the 10 percent least exposed. Joseph W. Sullivan, National Review, 22 Oct. 2021 There's also an interesting shifter that's styled to look like a crystal ball. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 30 Sep. 2021 The four-star prospect has one crystal ball prediction to the Buckeyes according to and has even got in on the OSU playbook thanks to close talks with Wilson. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2021 The most recent 247Sports crystal ball picks have been in favor of Texas for Banks, but that was also the case for Williams, who surprised many by leaving the home state for Oregon. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 The pandemic was also so all-encompassing that infectious disease experts were being asked to weigh in on mental health consequences or clinicians were asked to crystal ball the future of viral evolution. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 27 June 2021 Every week between now and February 8, when the Academy Award nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes of this year’s Oscars race. Nate Jones, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 Let’s next consult our crystal ball and gaze into the future. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of crystal ball

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crystal ball was in 1834

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24 Nov 2021

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“Crystal ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crystal ball

: a clear glass ball in which some people say they can see the future by using magic


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