One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A game in which participants simulate military combat using airguns to shoot capsules of paint at each other.as modifier ‘a paintball gun’
- ‘We engage in mock battles simulated with paintball guns.’
- ‘Bedlam - one of Scotland's largest paintball operators - has scrapped the game's overtly military trappings in favour of something more akin to a 1980s sci-fi series.’
- ‘Divided into two teams of four, they face off in a game of paintball warfare in the woods.’
- ‘The new group took part in paintball war games, held at a remote bush property two hours drive south of Perth.’
- ‘The test will be a battle simulation, using paintball guns, against a platoon of marines.’
- 1.1count noun A capsule of paint used in paintball.
- ‘During the game players are eliminated when a paintball hits them and bursts; this marks them with a vividly coloured, non-toxic dye that easily washes off.’
- ‘Keep in mind that these paintballs travel at about 200 miles per hour and usually draw blood when they hit their target.’
- ‘Eye injuries caused by paintballs are increasing in children, according to a study published in Pediatrics.’
- ‘From the corner of my eye, I saw that they were paintballs, not real bullets.’
- ‘It's quite a physical game as you run and dive to dodge paintballs, crawl through bushes and climb into forts.’
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