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

Examples of paintball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weapons used by law enforcement officials on many protesters and working journalists at this week’s ongoing protests were portrayed as feeling like being hit with a paintball. National Geographic, "Why science matters in a tough time," 3 June 2020 The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society went on to smash and scuttle whaling and sealing vessels around the world, using sledgehammers, paintball guns and even mines. The Economist, "If climate activists turned to terrorism What if climate activists turn to terrorism?," 4 July 2020 Deputy Andrew Pearson aimed a paintball gun under the cell door and fired a barrage of pepper balls toward Garcia. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Robinson was seen entering his vehicle with paintball guns, the cops were called by someone that reported that Robinson and his party had assault rifles, and a public safety alert was broadcast on local and national media. oregonlive, "Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson wants apology from the City of Portland for racial profiling incident in 1997," 9 June 2020 Jennifer Stankus, a clinical faculty physician at the Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine, likens it to getting shot with a paintball gun. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020 They're supposed to feel like you've been hit with a paintball: not a great feeling — after all, they are intended to control crowds — but not debilitating. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Rubber Bullets Were Called “Too Dangerous For Crowds” In 2002. Police Still Use Them," 3 June 2020 One officer was seen firing what appeared to be a paintball gun. NBC News, "7 shot during protests in Louisville, police say," 29 May 2020 To prepare, Glaser suggests that officers practice in sessions that closely mimic real-world crises, preferably with black actors wielding something like a paintball gun. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Why Cops Lose Control," 1 Nov. 2015

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2020

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“Paintball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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