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ball

play
noun \ˈbȯl\

Definition of ball

  1. 1 :  a round or roundish body or mass: as a :  a spherical or ovoid body used in a game or sport <a tennis ball> —used figuratively in phrases like the ball is in your court to indicate who has the responsibility or opportunity for further action b :  earth, globe c :  a spherical or conical projectile; also :  projectiles used in firearms d :  a roundish protuberant anatomical structure (as near the tip of a human finger or toe or at the base of a thumb); especially :  the part of the sole of the human foot between the toes and arch on which the main weight of the body rests in normal walking

  2. 2 a often vulgar :  testis b plural (1) often vulgar :  nonsense —often used interjectionally (2) often vulgar :  nerve 3

  3. 3 :  a game in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or struck; also :  quality of play in such a game

  4. 4 a :  a pitch not swung at by the batter that fails to pass through the strike zone b :  a hit or thrown ball in various games <foul ball>

on the ball
  1. 1 :  competent, knowledgeable, alert <the other introductory essay … is much more on the ballTimes Literary Supplement> <keep on the ball>

  2. 2 :  of ability or competence <if the teacher has something on the ball, the pupils won't squirm much — New Yorker>



Origin of ball

Middle English bal, prob from Old English *beall; akin to Old English bealluc testis, Old High German balla ball, Old Norse bǫllr, Old English blāwan to blow — more at blow


First Known Use: 13th century


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ball

verb

Simple Definition of ball

  • : to form (something) into a ball

Full Definition of ball

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form or gather into a ball <balled the paper into a wad>

  3. 2 usually vulgar :  to have sexual intercourse with

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to form or gather into a ball

  6. 2 usually vulgar :  to engage in sexual intercourse

Examples of ball

  1. I stood up quickly and balled my hands into fists.

  2. He balled the letter in his hands and threw it in the trash.



1658

First Known Use of ball

1658


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ball

noun

Definition of ball

  1. 1 :  a large formal gathering for social dancing

  2. 2 :  a very pleasant experience :  a good time <everyone had a ball at the wedding>



Origin of ball

French bal, from Old French, from baller to dance, from Late Latin ballare, from Greek ballizein


First Known Use: circa 1639


Ball

play
biographical name \ˈbȯl\

Definition of Ball

  1. John d 1381 Eng. priest & social agitator




Ball

biographical name

Definition of Ball

  1. Lucille (Désirée) 1911–1989 Am. actress & comedienne






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