paint·​ball | \ ˈpānt-ˌbȯl \

Definition of paintball

: a game in which two teams try to capture each other's flag while defending their own using compressed-air guns that shoot paint-filled pellets

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The next day, while the entire gang decides to play paintball (Anu included), Raj decides not to say anything—for now. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 11 Recap: Can We Talk About Raj and Anu's Break Up?," 3 Jan. 2019 Where others might have ramped up round capacity by increasing chamber size, Sripol's mod gives foam darts the sting of a paintball gun. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 The employee said that the man decided to order sandwiches and chicken nuggets — and fired the paintballs at the drive-thru window. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "She didn't like her sandwich, and used pepper spray and hot coffee to make that clear, Delaware cops say | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 Instead the robots will shoot paintballs, but seriously intense ones. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Giant Robot Is Challenging a Japanese Mech to a Duel," 1 July 2015 Police in Brockton, Massachusetts, say at least three men could be tied to several assaults across the city involving paintball guns. Kathryn Burcham, ajc, "12-year-old boy shot in eye by paintball gun in drive-by," 11 July 2018 Being shot with a paintball is similar to getting snapped at with a wet towel, several players said. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Like 'Call of Duty' but a lot more fun: Weekend warriors play paintball scenarios in Crete," 2 July 2018 Police soon received an anonymous complaint about people in a dark vehicle firing blue paintballs near Bay Avenue, Capt. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain Police Charge Three Alleging Drive-By Paintball Shooting," 7 May 2018 Pick your own pumpkin, pony rides, carnival rides and games, mini pumpkin chuckin, paintball, food and drink, crafts, apple cider, corn stalks, fall decorations; all sold separately. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paintball

: a game in which two teams use special guns to shoot balls filled with paint at each other

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