paint·​ball | \ ˈpānt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce paintball (audio) \

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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Theft, Cedar Road At 6:50 p.m. June 30, an employee of Dick’s Sporting Goods, 24545 Cedar Road at Legacy Village, reported that six male suspects had stolen six paintball guns and run out of the store., "Woman, 68, kicks boyfriend, 81, in the shins: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 2 July 2019 The wedding party took advantage of the ranch, going on horseback rides, hopping on ATVs, and playing some paintball. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Attended Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner's Second, Wild West-Themed Wedding," 25 June 2019 In true rom com nature, Kat and Patrick end up falling in love for real, amongst paintball fights, prom night drama, and one very heartfelt reading of a poem. Kaitlin Reilly,, "10 Things I Hate About You," 20 June 2019 Bratcher described a recent video posted to social media in which shooters pelted young children waiting outside a school with paintballs. Mark Puente,, "Paintball culprits assaulting bystanders and committing crimes, police say," 13 June 2019 In court, a police detective testified that a group of people had driven past the gas station and fired paintballs at the shooter and several others, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Joe Marusak And Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Paintball fight left toddler dead. Teen suspect smirked in court, sparking near brawl | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 One man was charged and four others ticketed this week in Detroit after paintballs were fired at an unmarked police car. Fox News, "Police arrest 5 men after reports of paintball fight," 28 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday night, Davon Williams, 22, was arrested when nearly a dozen paintballs struck Capt. CBS News, "Detroit police cracks down on citywide "paintball wars"," 27 Apr. 2018 In 2008, for example, the U.S. Army urgently acquired FN303 paintball guns to help maintain order in detainee camps, though such projectiles were too weak against enraged subjects. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret History of Plasma Weapons," 14 Nov. 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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