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Meaning of ball by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. A surname .

Explanation of ball by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. form into a ball by winding or rolling

    2. ball wool
    1. a pitch that is not in the strike zone

    2. he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him
    3. the game of baseball

    4. round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games

    5. the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve
      the mayor threw out the first ball
      the ball rolled into the corner pocket
    6. a spherical object used as a plaything

    7. he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub
    8. a solid projectile that is shot by a musket

    9. they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball
    10. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

    11. she kicked him in the balls and got away
    12. a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass

    13. the ball at the base of the thumb
      he stood on the balls of his feet
    14. a lavish dance requiring formal attire

    15. a compact mass

    16. a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder
    17. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance

    18. the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded
    19. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program ( 1911-1989 )

    20. an object with a spherical shape

    21. a ball of fire

    Definition of ball by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ball ( bal ), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. böllr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st Bale, n., Pallmall.]
      1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, “a ball of twine; a ball of snow”.

      2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.

      3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.

      4. 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.

      5. ( Pyrotechnics & Mil. ) 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”.

      6. ( Print. ) 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.

      7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, “the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot”.

      8. ( Far. ) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. White.

      9. The globe or earth. Pope.

      Move round the dark terrestrial ball. Addison.

      10. ( Baseball ) A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter, which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee ( i.e. it is outside the strike zone ). If the pitcher pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching four balls is called a walk.

      10. a testicle; usually used in the plural. [vulgar]

      11. pl. courage; nerve. [vulgar]

      Ball and socket joint, a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits. -- Ball bearings, a mechanical device for lessening the friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal balls. -- Ball cartridge, a cartridge containing a ball, as distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only powder. -- Ball cock, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of a lever. -- Ball gudgeon, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining the pivot in its socket. Knight. -- Ball lever, the lever used in a ball cock. -- Ball of the eye, the eye itself, as distinguished from its lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye. -- Ball valve ( Mach. ), a contrivance by which a ball, placed in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a valve. -- Ball vein ( Mining ), a sort of iron ore, found in loose masses of a globular form,
      containing sparkling particles. -- Three balls, or Three golden balls, a pawnbroker's sign or shop. -- on the ball alert; competent and knowledgeable. -- to carry the ball to carry on the task; to assume the responsibility. -- to drop the ball to fail to perform as expected; to fail to live up to a responsibility.

      Syn. -- See Globe.

    2. Ball, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Balled ( bald ); p. pr. & vb. n. Balling.] 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”.

    3. Ball, v. t.
      1. ( Metal. ) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

      2. To form or wind into a ball; as, “to ball cotton”.

    4. Ball, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL. ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. βάλλειν to toss or throw, or πάλλειν, πάλλεσθαι, to leap, bound, βαλλίζειν to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st Ball, n.]
      1. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; -- usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal.

      2. A very enjoyable time; as, “we had a ball at the wedding”.