Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., a method of lessening friction by causing a shaft to rest upon or to be surrounded by balls partly contained in sockets, each ball being loose, and turning with the shaft.

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Examples

  • Because the simple one ball-bearing design and minimal guts mean you can actually get a few grains of sand in it and not have to throw it away.

    If It Ain't Broke...

  • Ropes with ball-bearing handles are also available and can facilitate your swing.

    Learning the Ropes

  • In its annual report last year, ball-bearing maker SKF AB said a 5% strengthening of the krona against major currencies such as the euro would knock around 250 million kronor off its earnings.

    Swedish Exporters Brace for Krona's Rise

  • Earlier this month, private-equity firm Carlyle Group said it would buy Japanese ball-bearing maker Tsubaki Nakashima Co. from Nomura Holdings Inc. for 66 billion yen $804 million including debt, marking the country's largest acquisition by a private-equity firm since Boston-based Bain Capital bought telemarketer Bellsystem24 Inc. from Citigroup Inc. for $1.1 billion in late 2009, according to data tracker Dealogic.

    Longreach to Announce $750 Million Japan Fund

  • For example, ball-bearing maker NSK's operating margin in the three quarters through December was 6.3% in Japan but 7.8% in the rest of Asia.

    Hurdles to Investing in Japan

  • Last month, Carlyle Group said it will acquire NIC Corp., a Tokyo-based company that provides medical-related consulting, marking the U.S. investment fund's latest purchase in Japan after its acquisition of ball-bearing maker Tsubaki Nakashima Co. earlier this year.

    Bain in Talks to Buy Japanese Restaurant Chain

  • Last week, Carlyle Group announced that it would buy Japanese ball-bearing maker Tsubaki Nakashima Co. from Nomura for 66 billion yen, including debt.

    Nomura Unit in Talks to Sell Skylark

  • Cabinet drawers with slides that have cheap nylon wheels, as opposed to ball-bearing assemblies, are also likely to open suddenly.

    Is your house haunted—or is it just drafty?

  • A far cry from those flimsy, grill-free clip-on fans you often see, the Propello creates some serious wind with an ultra-quiet ball-bearing motor.

    An Air of Cool

  • Earlier in March, private-equity firm Carlyle Group said it would buy Japanese ball-bearing maker Tsubaki Nakashima Co. from Nomura Holdings Inc. for 66 billion yen including debt, marking the country's largest acquisition by a private-equity firm since Boston-based Bain Capital bought telemarketer Bellsystem24 Inc. from Citigroup Inc. for $1.1 billion in late 2009, according to data tracker Dealogic.

    Longreach Draws Cash to Japan Deal Fund

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