ballpoint
noun Date: 1953 a pen having as the writing point a small rotating metal ball that inks itself by contact with an inner magazine

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  • ballpoint — UK [ˈbɔːlˌpɔɪnt] / US [ˈbɔlˌpɔɪnt] or ballpoint pen UK / US noun [countable] Word forms ballpoint : singular ballpoint plural ballpoints a pen with a very small ball at the end from which ink flows as you write …   English dictionary

  • ballpoint — allpoint n. a pen which has a small metal ball as point of transfer of ink to paper, at the tip of a cylandrical and non refillable reservoir of ink; short for {ballpoint pen}. Syn: ballpoint pen, ballpen, Biro. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ballpoint — noun A ballpoint pen, biro. Have you seen my ballpoint? I need to sign this form and a felt tip wont make carbons …   Wiktionary

  • ballpoint — [[t]bɔ͟ːlpɔɪnt[/t]] ballpoints N COUNT A ballpoint or a ballpoint pen is a pen with a very small metal ball at the end which transfers the ink from the pen onto a surface. Syn: Biro …   English dictionary

  • ballpoint — /bawl poynt /, n. a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge. Also called ballpoint pen. [1945 50; BALL1 + POINT] * * * …   Universalium

  • ballpoint — noun Ballpoint is used before these nouns: ↑pen …   Collocations dictionary

  • ballpoint — ball|point [bo:lpɔınt] n also .ballpoint pen a pen with a ball at the end that rolls ink onto the paper …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ballpoint — also ballpoint pen noun (C) a pen with a ball at the end that rolls thick ink onto the paper …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ballpoint — noun a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper • Syn: ↑ballpoint pen, ↑ballpen, ↑Biro • Hypernyms: ↑pen …   Useful english dictionary

  • ballpoint — ball|point [ bɔl,pɔınt ] or ,ball|point pen noun count a pen with a very small ball at the end from which ink flows as you write …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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