One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A game in which participants simulate military combat using air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other.
- ‘The test will be a battle simulation, using paintball guns, against a platoon of marines.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We engage in mock battles simulated with paintball guns.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A capsule of paint used in the game of paintball.
- ‘Keep in mind that these paintballs travel at about 200 miles per hour and usually draw blood when they hit their target.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Eye injuries caused by paintballs are increasing in children, according to a study published in Pediatrics.’
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