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

  • n. A game in which players on one team seek to eliminate those on an opposing team by marking them with a water-soluble dye shot in capsules from air guns.
  • n. The dye-filled gelatinous capsule shot from guns in this game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sport where teams shoot each other with gelatin capsules filled with paint-like dye.
  • n. The dye-filled capsule fired in the sport of paintball.
  • v. To engage in the sport of paintball.
  • v. To shoot someone using a paintball gun.

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

  • n. a game that simulates military combat; players on one team try to eliminate players on the opposing team by shooting capsules of paint at them
  • n. a capsule filled with water-soluble dye used as a projectile in playing the game of paintball

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