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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. In veterinary medicine a large pill or bolus, about the size of a man's chumb, made with honey or molasses and linseed meal as the excipient.
  34. Anything round: a bullet: a well- known game.
  35. An entertainment of dancing.
  36. A round body; bullet; an entertainment of dancing.
  37. To form into a ball or balls.
  38. Any round or spherical body; a game played with a ball.
  39. Anything round or roundish; a bullet; the globe; a game with a ball.
  40. To form into a ball.
  41. 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.
  42. A round body; a globe; a bullet; a child's toy.
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Usage examples for ball

  1. Well, he was there, at the Fresnes' ball. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  2. 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
  3. These he held in the back of his mind, with the ball in front of it. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  4. So stood matters the day of the long expected harpers' ball. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  5. Did not your father run away with an earl's daughter from the door of some ball- room? – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  6. You've surely got something on the ball. – Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball by J. W. Duffield
  7. But now about this ball? – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  8. Vievie has already promised me a ball." – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Afterwards there was a State dinner and a ball. – Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, (Victoria) Vol II by Sarah Tytler
  12. 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
  13. " What a wonderful ball of thread," said Gilveen, taking it up. – The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
  14. " Bother me an' I'll put a ball in you. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  15. She couldn't have gone to this ball, for there wasn't any time to get anything made. – The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey
  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. Don't you remember what a bit of fun we had the night of the ball? – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  18. My darling, I object to nothing- except giving a ball and burning my books. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  19. Tell me nothing about the Orsetti ball. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  20. 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
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