Definitions of ball

  1. 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.
  2. To form into a ball or balls.
  3. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
  4. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  5. To make into a round mass.
  6. 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.
  7. To form or gather into a round mass.
  8. To form into a ball.
  9. a pitch that is not in the strike zone; " he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
  10. 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"
  11. a spherical object used as a plaything; " he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
  12. a solid ball shot by a musket; " they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
  13. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; " she kicked him in the balls and got away"
  14. 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"
  15. a lavish formal dance
  16. a compact mass; " a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
  17. an object with a spherical shape; " a ball of fire"
  18. 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"
  19. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; " the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
  20. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program ( 1911- 1989)
  21. form into a ball by winding or rolling; " ball wool"
  22. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  23. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  24. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  28. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  29. The globe or earth.
  30. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Anything round: a bullet: a well- known game.
  35. An entertainment of dancing.
  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. A round body; a globe; a bullet; a child's toy.