Definition of buckyball in English:



  • A hollow spherical molecule composed of a large number of carbon atoms.

    • ‘Smalley was the recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of closed, hollow cages of carbon atoms known as buckyballs.’
    • ‘Also known as fullerenes, buckyballs have recently been touted for their potential applications in everything from drug delivery to energy transmission.’
    • ‘Not only are further studies needed about the environmental effects of buckyballs, but on the buckyballs themselves.’
    • ‘The early promise of the spherical all-carbon fullerenes, better known to non-chemists as buckyballs, have not yet lived up to their early hype.’
    • ‘These elongated relatives of the buckyball can be metallic, semiconducting, or even insulating depending on their helicity and diameter.’


1980s: from buckminsterfullerene and ball.