noun, often attributive \ˈbl\

Definition of BALL

:  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
a often vulgar :  testis
b plural
(1) often vulgar :  nonsense —often used interjectionally (2) often vulgar :  nerve 3
:  a game in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or struck; also :  quality of play in such a game
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
:  competent, knowledgeable, alert <the other introductory essay … is much more on the ballTimes Literary Supplement> <keep on the ball>
:  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



Definition of BALL

transitive verb
:  to form or gather into a ball <balled the paper into a wad>
usually vulgar :  to have sexual intercourse with
intransitive verb
:  to form or gather into a ball
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.

First Known Use of BALL


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Definition of BALL

:  a large formal gathering for social dancing
:  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


biographical name \ˈbl\

Definition of BALL

John d 1381 Eng. priest & social agitator


biographical name

Definition of BALL

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


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