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Definitions of ball

  1. form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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!" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a lavish formal dance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The globe or earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To make into a round mass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. To form or gather into a round mass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  34. Anything round: a bullet: a well-known game. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. An entertainment of dancing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. A round body; bullet; an entertainment of dancing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. To form into a ball or balls. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. Any round or spherical body; a game played with a ball. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. Anything round or roundish; a bullet; the globe; a game with a ball. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. To form into a ball. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  42. A round body; a globe; a bullet; a child's toy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  44. 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. dictgcide_fs
  45. 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. dictgcide_fs
  46. 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. dictgcide_fs
  47. a testicle; usually used in the plural. dictgcide_fs
  48. courage; nerve. dictgcide_fs
  49. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal. dictgcide_fs
  50. A very enjoyable time; as, we had a ball at the wedding. dictgcide_fs
  51. bawl, n. anything round: any celestial body, esp. the 'globe:' the golden orb borne with the sceptre as the emblem of sovereignty: a globular body to play with in tennis, football, golf, billiards, &c.: any rounded protuberant part of the body: a bullet, or any missile thrown from an engine of war: a rounded mass of anything: a throw or delivery of the ball at cricket: a well-known game played with a ball.--v.i. to gather itself into a ball, become clogged.--ns. BALL'-CART'RIDGE, a cartridge containing both powder and ball [BALL and CARTRIDGE]; BALL'-COCK, the stopcock of a cistern, attached to one end of a lever, at the other end of which is a hollow metal ball which rises and falls with the water, thus regulating the supply; BALL'-FLOW'ER, an ornament of the decorated style of Gothic architecture, resembling a ball placed in a circular flower.--adj. BALL'-PROOF, proof against balls discharged from firearms.--BALL AND SOCKET, a joint formed of a ball partly enclosed in a cup, thus insuring great strength; BALL OF THE EYE, the eye within the lids and socket.--NO BALL, a ball unfairly bowled.--THREE GOLDEN or BRASS BALLS, the sign of a pawnbroker.--TO HAVE THE BALL AT ONE'S FEET, to have a thing in one's power; TO KEEP THE BALL UP or ROLLING, to keep from flagging; TO TAKE UP THE BALL, to take one's turn in anything.--WIDE BALL, one out of the batsman's reach. [M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  52. bawl, n. an entertainment of dancing.--n. BALL'ROOM.--TO OPEN THE BALL, to begin the dancing, to begin operations. [O. Fr. bal, baller, to dance--Low L. ballare, referred by some to Gr. ballizein.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  53. Pila-b. of the Eye, Pupil. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  54. Solid or hollow sphere; (with distinctive adj.) any of the heavenly bodies; hard or soft. inflated or solid, large or small, sphere used in games; (Cricket) single delivery of it by bowler (no b., delivery breaking rules); solid missile (not always spherical) for cannon, rifle, pistol, &c. (load with b., opposed to blank cartridge); =BALLOT n., & see BLACK; b. of eye, eye within lids; material gathered or wound in round mass, as snow, medicine (veterinary), wool, or string; b. of foot, rounded part at base of great toe, so b. of thumb. (Phrr.) have the b. at one\'s feet, see one\'s way to success; keep up the b., keep the b. rolling, do one\'s part in talk &c.; the b. is with you, it is your turn; b. & socket, joint with greatest possible freedom; three bb., pawnbroker\'s sign; b.-firing, with b. cartridge; b.-PROOF; b.-bearings, axle fittings avoiding friction by use of small bb.; b.-cock, -tap, automatic cistern-tap with floating b.; b.-flower, archit. ornament. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  55. Social assembly for dancing (so b.-room; give a b., of the entertainer; open the b., lead first dance, fig. commence operations). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  56. Squeeze or wind into a ball; grow into a lump or lumps. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  57. In anatomy, any rounded part, like the globe of the eye, the thickening of the palm at the root of the thumb or of the sole at the base of the great toe, etc. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  58. A globular mass, as of cotton, etc., used for making applications, for supporting parts, etc, Appleton's medical dictionary.
  59. In veterinary medicine, a bolus. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  60. n. Any round body ;-any part of the body that is round or protuberant, as eye ball ; the globe ; the earth ;- a well-known and familiar game. Cabinet Dictionary
  61. n. [French] A social assembly for the purpose of dancing. Cabinet Dictionary
  62. Any thing made in a round form; a round thing to play with; a globe; a globe borne as an ensign of sovereignty; any part of the body that approaches to roundness. Complete Dictionary

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