track·​ball | \ ˈtrak-ˌbȯl How to pronounce trackball (audio) \

Definition of trackball

: a ball that is mounted usually in a computer console so as to be only partially exposed and that is rotated to control the movement of a cursor on a display

Examples of trackball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a primary issue that arose was the accuracy of the trackball. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best ergonomic mouse of 2020," 10 June 2020 It’s a trackball mouse, featuring a sizable, accurate ball on the left side. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best ergonomic mouse of 2020," 10 June 2020 This lowers the tracking speed greatly, greatly increasing precision on an already accurate trackball. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best ergonomic mouse of 2020," 10 June 2020 Logitech's innovative trackball mouse features a hinge on its base that allows you to tilt it by 20 degrees, reducing the wrist twisting that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. TheWeek, "5 of the best ergonomic office tools," 2 Feb. 2020 Integrated into Legends Ultimate is two sets of joysticks and six action buttons, two spinners/paddles, a trackball, and customizable button mapping. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "These tech gifts will work for those non-techie types on your shopping list," 8 Dec. 2019 Photo: Alamy 1991 Apple PowerBook 100 The first modern laptop had an innovative trackball mouse and slid the keyboard up to the screen, giving traveling businesspeople a place to rest their wrists while punching out spreadsheets. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture," 5 Oct. 2018 Sometimes the joystick didn’t work all that well, a button needed to be mashed really hard, or a trackball wouldn’t spin very smoothly. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A visit to Galloping Ghost, the largest video game arcade in the USA," 26 Nov. 2017 While the Ship's Control Console has a wheel for manual steering, both steering and throttle can be controlled with trackballs, with the adjustments showing up on the screens for each station. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "USS McCain collision ultimately caused by UI confusion," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of trackball

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trackball was in 1967

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“Trackball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trackball

computers : a device which consists of a small ball that you roll with your fingers to control the movement of a pointer on a computer screen

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