Definitions of ball

  1. form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example
  2. a pitch that is not in the strike zone; " he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
  3. a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run; " he played baseball in high school"; " there was a baseball game on every empy lot"; " there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; " play ball!"
  4. round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; " the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; " the mayor threw out the first ball"
  5. a spherical object used as a plaything; " he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
  6. a solid ball shot by a musket; " they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
  7. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; " she kicked him in the balls and got away"
  8. a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the human foot or ball at the base of the thumb; " he stood on the balls of his feet"
  9. a lavish formal dance
  10. a compact mass; " a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
  11. an object with a spherical shape; " a ball of fire"
  12. round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; " the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; " the mayor threw out the first ball"; " the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
  13. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; " the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
  14. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program ( 1911- 1989)
  15. form into a ball by winding or rolling; " ball wool"
  16. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  17. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  18. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  19. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.
  20. A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
  21. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  22. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  23. The globe or earth.
  24. To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
  25. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
  26. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  27. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  28. A pitched ball, not struck at by the batsman, which fails to pass over the home base at a height not greater than the batsman's shoulder nor less than his knee.
  29. A leather- covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; - formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
  30. A social gathering of persons of both sexes for the purpose of dancing; a round body; any mass resembling a sphere; a round body used for play; a bullet; any roundish part of the body; a game played with a round body, which is pitched, kicked, or knocked; the globe or earth.
  31. To make into a round mass.
  32. To form or gather into a round mass.
  33. Anything round: a bullet: a well- known game.
  34. An entertainment of dancing.
  35. To form into a ball or balls.
  36. Any round or spherical body; a game played with a ball.
  37. Anything round or roundish; a bullet; the globe; a game with a ball.
  38. To form into a ball.
  39. To form into balls, as snow on horses' hoofs, in travelling. Ball and socket, an instrument made usually of brass, with a universal screw, so as to move horizontally, vertically, and obliquely, used in managing surveying and astronomical instruments. Ball and socket joint, a particular kind of joint, one part of which is shaped like a ball, and the other, in which it moves, is a hollow socket of the same diameter.
  40. A round body; a globe; a bullet; a child's toy.

Usage examples for ball

  1. So stood matters the day of the long expected harpers' ball. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  2. " What a wonderful ball of thread," said Gilveen, taking it up. – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  3. But now about this ball? – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  4. These he held in the back of his mind, with the ball in front of it. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  5. Don't you remember what a bit of fun we had the night of the ball? – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  6. Did not your father run away with an earl's daughter from the door of some ball- room? – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  7. My darling, I object to nothing- except giving a ball and burning my books. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  8. Vievie has already promised me a ball." – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  9. Well, he was there, at the Fresnes' ball. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  10. Afterwards there was a State dinner and a ball. – Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, (Victoria) Vol II by Sarah Tytler
  11. He had struck the ball for forty yards or more; He was driving smooth and even, just as hard as he could go, I had never seen him striking so before. – Verse and Worse by Harry Graham
  12. You've surely got something on the ball. – Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball by J. W. Duffield
  13. When the evening of the ball arrived, I took care to reach " Wyatt's Rooms" very early. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  14. " Bother me an' I'll put a ball in you. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  15. Tell me nothing about the Orsetti ball. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  16. " The people will soon be tired of talking to me," muttered she to herself, " and then I can finish my ball quietly in the corner behind Mamma's chair." – The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
  17. But even with Barton's ropes, and Nurse's best ball of string, which John had quietly brought away in his pocket, it was no simple matter. – The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright
  18. She couldn't have gone to this ball, for there wasn't any time to get anything made. – The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey
  19. Every eye followed the ball through the air on what seemed, for the anxiety of it, a course of miles. – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren
  20. The ball of fire appeared to have passed just over us, and I fancied that we should be certain to recover some part of it. – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart