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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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 The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that police received complaints of paintballs being fired inside and outside of vehicles in the city about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. Fox News, "Police arrest 5 men after reports of paintball fight," 28 Apr. 2018 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

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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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