ball 1 of 3

as in bullet
a usually round or cone-shaped little piece of lead made to be fired from a firearm found a cache of musket balls while excavating the old fort

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noun (2)


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as in to round
to form into a round compact mass balled up the paper and threw it at the garbage can

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“Ball.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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