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 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 Of all the pointing devices that have been invented, the most neglected is probably the trackball. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "In a blast from the past, Logitech releases a new trackball," 6 Sep. 2017 After installing the software, the reader’s trackball regained its functionality. Jeff Carlson, The Seattle Times, "Gearing up for the new iPhone," 1 Sep. 2017 A trackball allows users to navigate the interface, and also uses different colored lights to send various alerts — such as a new call or e-mail message. Mat Honan, WIRED, "Google Debuts Android-Powered Nexus One ‘Superphone’," 5 Jan. 2010

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First Known Use of trackball

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Trackball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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