from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A friction-reducing bearing consisting essentially of a ring-shaped track containing freely revolving hard metal balls against which a rotating shaft or other part turns.
  • noun A hard ball used in such a bearing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun In engineering, a bearing assembly which uses spherical bearing balls as the rolling elements
  • noun In common usage, an individual spherical ball, usually made of steel or other hard material, suitable for use in a ball-based rolling element bearing

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  • noun bearings containing small metal balls


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