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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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 Greensboro police have responded to nearly 40 reports of paintball fights since the start of April. Washington Post, "Police plead for end to ‘paintball wars’ inspired by videos," 2 May 2018 Unlike paintball, owners say this game doesn't hurt. Keith Bierygolick,, "Want to shoot arrows at your friends? There's a place for that in West Chester," 18 June 2018 But paintball assaults in cities including Atlanta, Milwaukee and Greensboro made national news. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "As paintball assaults spiked in Charlotte, some feared real bullets would follow," 1 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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