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ball

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noun, often attributive \ˈbȯl\

Definition of ball

  1. 1 :  a round or roundish body or mass: such asa :  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 actionb :  earth, globec :  a spherical or conical projectile; also :  projectiles used in firearmsd :  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. 2a usually vulgar :  testisb balls 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. 4a :  a pitch not swung at by the batter that fails to pass through the strike zoneb :  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 ballThe Times Literary Supplement (London) 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 and Etymology of ball

Middle English bal, probably 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

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 in a Sentence

  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.

1577

First Known Use of ball

1577


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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 and Etymology of ball

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


First Known Use: 1605


Ball

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biographical name \ˈbȯl\

Definition of Ball

  1. John died 1381 English priest and social agitator


Ball

biographical name

Definition of Ball

  1. Lucille (Désirée) 1911–1989 American actress and comedienne


BALL Defined for English Language Learners

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ball

verb

Definition of ball for English Language Learners

  • : to form (something) into a ball


BALL Defined for Kids

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ball

play
noun \ˈbȯl\

Definition of ball for Students

  1. 1 :  something round or roundish a ball of yarn

  2. 2 :  a round or roundish object used in a game or sport

  3. 3 :  a game or sport (as baseball) played with a ball

  4. 4 :  a solid usually round shot for a gun

  5. 5 :  the rounded bulge at the base of the thumb or big toe the ball of the foot

  6. 6 :  a pitched baseball that is not hit and is not a strike


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ball

play
verb

Definition of ball for Students

balled

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balling

  1. :  to make or come together into a ball He balled his fists.


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ball

play
noun

Definition of ball for Students

  1. 1 :  a large formal party for dancing

  2. 2 :  a good time I had a ball at the wedding.


Medical Dictionary

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ball

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noun \ˈbȯl\

Medical Definition of ball

  1. :  a round or roundish body or mass: asa:  a roundish protuberant part of the body: as (1):  the rounded eminence by which the base of the thumb is continuous with the palm of the hand (2):  the rounded broad part of the sole of the human foot between toes and arch and on which the main weight of the body first rests in normal walking (3):  the padded rounded underside of a human finger or toe near the tipb:  eyeballcoften vulgar :  testisd:  a large pill (as one used in veterinary medicine) :  bolus


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ball

transitive verb

Medical Definition of ball

  1. :  to give a medicinal ball to (as a horse)



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