Definition of Ball

1. Noun. Round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games. "The ball rolled into the corner pocket"

2. Verb. Form into a ball by winding or rolling. "Ball wool"
Generic synonyms: Roll, Twine, Wind, Wrap

3. Noun. A solid projectile that is shot by a musket. "They had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
Exact synonyms: Musket Ball
Generic synonyms: Pellet, Shot

4. Noun. An object with a spherical shape. "A ball of fire"
Exact synonyms: Globe, Orb
Specialized synonyms: Crystal Ball, Camphor Ball, Mothball, Time-ball, Fireball, Fireball, Globule, Spherule, Pellet, Bolus
Generic synonyms: Sphere
Derivative terms: Conglobate, Global, Globular

5. Noun. The people assembled at a lavish formal dance. "The ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
Terms within: Promenade
Generic synonyms: Dance

6. Noun. One of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens. "She kicked him in the balls and got away"

7. Noun. A spherical object used as a plaything. "He played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
Specialized synonyms: Beach Ball, Beachball, Snowball
Generic synonyms: Plaything, Toy

8. Noun. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989).
Exact synonyms: Lucille Ball
Generic synonyms: Actress, Comedienne

9. Noun. A compact mass. "A ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
Exact synonyms: Chunk, Clod, Clump, Glob, Lump
Specialized synonyms: Clot, Coagulum, Gob, Clew
Generic synonyms: Agglomeration
Derivative terms: Chunk, Chunky, Lumpy

10. Noun. A lavish dance requiring formal attire.
Exact synonyms: Formal
Generic synonyms: Dance
Specialized synonyms: Cotilion, Cotillion, Fancy-dress Ball, Masked Ball, Masquerade Ball, Prom, Promenade

11. Noun. A more or less rounded anatomical body or mass. "He stood on the balls of his feet"

12. Noun. The game of baseball.
Specialized synonyms: Daisy Cutter
Generic synonyms: Baseball, Baseball Game

13. Noun. A pitch that is not in the strike zone. "He threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Pitch

Definition of Ball

1. n. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

2. v. i. 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.

3. v. t. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

4. n. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.

5. n. 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.

Definition of Ball

1. Proper noun. (surname) ¹

2. Noun. A solid or hollow sphere. ¹

3. Noun. An object, generally spherical, used for playing games. ¹

4. Noun. A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape. ¹

5. Noun. Any simple game involving a ball. ¹

6. Noun. (baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone. ¹

7. Noun. (context: pinball) An opportunity to launch the pinball into play. ¹

8. Noun. (context: ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc. ¹

9. Noun. (context: ballistics) A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin. ¹

10. Noun. (mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions. ¹

11. Noun. (mathematics more generally) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space. ¹

12. Noun. (context: mildly vulgar slang usually in plural) A testicle. ¹

13. Noun. (cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over. ¹

14. Noun. (soccer) A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate. ¹

15. Noun. (anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with. ¹

17. Verb. (slang usually in present participle) To be hip or cool. ¹

18. Interjection. (Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled. ¹

19. Noun. A formal dance. ¹

20. Noun. (informal) A very enjoyable time. ¹

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Definition of Ball

1. to form into a ball (a spherical object) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ball

1. 1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. 2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc. 3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football. 4. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rife ball; often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot. 8. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. 9. The globe or earth. "Move round the dark terrestrial ball." (Addison) Ball and socket joint, a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits. Ball bearings, a mechanical device for lessening the friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal balls. Ball cartridge, a cartridge containing a ball, as distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only powder. Ball cock, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of a lever. Ball gudgeon, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining the pivot in its socket. Knight. Ball lever, the lever used in a ball cock. Ball of the eye, the eye itself, as distinguished from its lids and socket; formerly, the pupil of the eye. Ball valve, a sort of iron ore, found in loose masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles. Three balls, or Three golden balls, a pawnbroker's sign or shop. Synonym: See Globe. Origin: OE. Bal, balle; akin to OHG. Balla, palla, G. Ball, Icel. Bollr, ball; cf. F. Balle. Cf. 1st Bale, Pallmall. 1. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling. 2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ball

ball-and-socket joint
ball-and-socket joints
ball-peen hammer
ball-peen hammers
ball-pein hammer

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