from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A molecule of buckminsterfullerene.

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  • n. A buckminsterfullerene molecule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene


Shortening and alteration of buckminsterfullerene + ball1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Not just any carbon molecule, but a "buckyball" -- 60 carbon atoms arranged in the shape of a soccer ball, with the same structure as the geodesic dome popularized by Buckminster Fuller.

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  • A research team has identified a new biological function for a soccer ball-shaped nanoparticle called a buckyball -- the ability to block allergic response, setting the stage for the development of new therapies for allergy.

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  • University of Western Ontario astronomer Jan Cami holds a model of the C60 molecule buckminsterfullerene, also known as a buckyball, which he and his team have discovered in space using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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  • he droplet, which is about 1mm 10 million times larger than an atom, is also one million times larger than the second largest object--a 2-nm molecule called a buckyball--whose wave-particle duality was observed in 2003.

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  • The digital text also captured the evolving structure of a living language, and almost a half-million English words that have appeared since 1950, partly reflecting the growing number of technical terms, such as buckyball, netiquette and phytonutrient.

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  • A new study from Rice University predicts the existence and stability of another "buckyball" consisting entirely of boron atoms.

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  • Smalley won a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of buckminsterfullerene, fondly known as the "buckyball" in industry circles.

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  • Astronomers have discovered a rare form of carbon known as a 'buckyball' in space for the first time.

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  • Many of the new arrivals to dictionaries, like "buckyball" and "netiquette," have seen an explosive rise in use.

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