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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But that’s the crystal ball outlook being delivered for the next four months. Laura Urseny, The Mercury News, "Fire fall: Potential for ‘large’ wildfires in Northern California above average," 11 Sep. 2019 In other words, the crystal ball was a writing prompt. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mother and fellow Imagineer, Leota Toombs, is the face inside the floating crystal ball in Madame Leota’s seance room. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Last ‘Haunted Mansion’ designer looks back on spooky Disney ride’s 50th anniversary," 9 Aug. 2019 Madame Leota, the Mansion’s floating head who summons ghosts from inside her crystal ball, is the face of Leota Toombs, one of Disney’s first female Imagineers. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "Disney’s Haunted Mansion at 50: The Ghosts Are Still Grinning," 16 Aug. 2019 By contrast, onshore shale formations require far less of a crystal ball. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Why Helicopters Are Sinking Offshore," 27 June 2019 Either Kobe Bryant has a crystal ball or Giannis Antetokounmpo is just really good at playing basketball., "Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes Good on Kobe Bryant's 2017 MVP Prediction," 25 June 2019 Pondexter’s crystal ball foretold a third championship with the LA Sparks that would mark the final accomplishment of her career before retirement. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever's Cappie Pondexter: 'I have a lot left in my tank'," 2 July 2018 Enough so for the Big Ten writers in the USA TODAY Sports Network to peer into their crystal balls and predict what will happen in the conference this season. Josh Newman, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football bold predictions: Michigan gets to title game ... and loses?," 22 July 2019

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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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