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

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Bickerstaff’s crystal ball forecast ball movement: The Spurs finished with 29 assists on 38 made field goals in Wednesday’s 108-85 win over Memphis, which came as no surprise to Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Aldridge a member of Team LeBron," 25 Jan. 2018 Guests who book the room get access to a chest supplied with a Ouija board, tarot cards, crystal ball and ghost-hunting equipment. Hugo Martin,, "Hoping to draw guests, the Queen Mary offers 'haunted' room starting Friday, the 13th," 13 Apr. 2018 Sadly, a crystal ball that tells you when to take a chance and when to play it safe doesn't exist. Stacia Affelt, Redbook, "The Best Career Advice Katie Stevens Learned From Her 'The Bold Type' Character," 27 June 2018 Break out your crystal balls, and dip them in the tender trust that what’s yours is coming to you, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes August 2018," 27 July 2018 Of the eight industry insiders who had previously offered projections for Bassey in 247Sports' crystal ball feature, all of them had settled on WKU by the end of April. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Five reasons that top recruit Charles Bassey chose WKU basketball," 14 June 2018 New Year's Eve is a time for resolution making, champagne popping, and of course, one huge crystal ball dropping. Jenna Blaha, Marie Claire, "An Exclusive Sneak Peek at This Year's Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball Design," 7 Dec. 2015 The supermodel is reluctant to look too deeply into the crystal ball of her future. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Gets Candid About Politics, Her Relationship, and Women in Tech," 11 Sep. 2018 And around the same time, my father was in New Orleans and got me the crystal ball on the shelf below. Mary Billard, New York Times, "Alexa Ray Joel, Downtown Girl, Is Surrounded by Memories," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of crystal ball

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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