Ballpoint



a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge.
Contemporary Examples

The officer passed a form across the table and handed me a ballpoint pen, and I realized that this was war.
In War, What Remains Artis Henderson January 6, 2014

This week, Jim Carrey plays a smitten con man, the craziest literary tattoos, and a new art show fashioned with a ballpoint pen.
The Yes List: A Different Kind of Love Story The Daily Beast December 2, 2010

There wasn’t a ballpoint pen, clipboard, or paper form in sight.
Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward Daily Beast Promotions February 22, 2009

Historical Examples

I traced these whorls with my eye, and tried to reproduce them with a ballpoint on paper bags I found under the sink.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow

If your ballpoint pen won’t write as you want it to, your life doesn’t stop, she probably was thinking.
Droozle Frank Banta

With my paper and his ballpoint pen and ruler, it should be easy.
The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey

On the first page in blue ink, ballpoint pen there is some handwriting which is hers at the top.
Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

All the red marks and the little bit in ballpoint pen are made by her.
Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

That is, you are able to compare a document produced by a ballpoint pen with a document produced by a fountain pen and vice versa?
Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

I do not believe they are dated, and it was with a ballpoint pen.
Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

noun
a pen having a small ball bearing as a writing point Also called (Brit) Biro

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