The funny icon you see spin when your Mac is freezing up. Not so cute when you have to do a hard reset
Shawn was looking at way too much porn and his Macbook started with the beach ball of death
by Benji Bane February 28, 2008
The Mac OS pointer icon of a colorful spinning wheel indicating the program currently under the mouse pointer is no longer responding. Called the beachball of death if the program never recovers or causes the operating system to become so busy (usually due to insufficient memory) that nothing else responds.
I ran a new shareware program, but killed it after I got the beachball of death.
by esmith512 December 19, 2007

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