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- n. A pen, similar in size and shape to a pencil, having an internal chamber filled with a viscous, quick-drying ink that is dispensed at the tip during use by the rolling action of a metal sphere (around 0.7 mm to 1 mm in diameter).
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- n. a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper
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Deborah was talking to someone who looked like a student, and Vince Masuoka was squatting beside the left leg of the body and poking carefully with a ballpoint pen at something on the ankle.
“Ah-huh,” Jake said, taking out a ballpoint pen and notepad.
Papers lay scattered over the desk, three bankbooks had fallen to the floor, and a Mastercard bill and a Visa bill sat on top of the monitor, some columns of addition in ballpoint pen on the itemization page x-ed out with so much force the ink left deep grooves.