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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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To form into a ball or balls. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To make into a round mass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To form or gather into a round mass. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To form into a ball. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. a lavish formal dance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. The globe or earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. Anything round: a bullet: a well-known game. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. An entertainment of dancing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.

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
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