crystal ball

noun

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 Abor has one crystal ball to his name to Oklahoma that emerged on Oct. 22. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football 2021 target Derrick Davies Jr. to make an announcement on Saturday: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 4 Nov. 2020 Old-growth redwood forests burned at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, face a healthy future if a similar fire event and recovery at Humboldt Redwoods is a crystal ball, say California’s top forest experts. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "2003 Humboldt fire shows old-growth redwoods are built to survive fire," 26 Aug. 2020 Her father, a cornetist, operated a tavern and concert hall in nearby Fond du Lac that boasted of having the first revolving crystal ball north of Chicago. Washington Post, "Viola Smith, swing era’s ‘fastest girl drummer in the world,’ dies at 107," 23 Oct. 2020 Your crystal ball is nothing more than a grapefruit, Bill. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: What a difference one game makes for Dodgers," 23 Oct. 2020 But despite the one crystal ball on his 247Sports profile favoring the Tar Heels, his recruitment is still open with OSU emerging as one of his favorites. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Malaki Hamrick, 2022 LB, says Ohio State football is "definitely’ in his top three: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 1 Oct. 2020 Naturally, the Cullinan includes a crystal ball that shows the future. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The first Rolls-Royce SUV has tricks that might actually justify its price tag," 5 Oct. 2020 But forecasters' crystal ball for the autumn month is a bit foggy, as the true total of tropical storms for 2020 will just have to wait until the end of the season. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Season 2020: One nonstop record-breaking year," 24 Sep. 2020 Currently, 100 percent of the 247Sports crystal ball speculations for both Thornton and David are to Oregon - a collection of 18 predictions - and both players fit key remaining needs in the class. oregonlive, "For Oregon Ducks, football recruiting focus turns to Maryland," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of crystal ball

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crystal ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystal%20ball. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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crystal ball

noun

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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