1. round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games;
- Example: "the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"
- Example: "the mayor threw out the first ball"
- Example: "the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
2. a solid projectile that is shot by a musket;
- Example: "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
[syn: musket ball, ball]
3. an object with a spherical shape;
- Example: "a ball of fire"
[syn: ball, globe, orb]
4. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance;
- Example: "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
5. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens;
- Example: "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
[syn: testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut, egg]
6. a spherical object used as a plaything;
- Example: "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
7. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989);
[syn: Ball, Lucille Ball]
8. a compact mass;
- Example: "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
[syn: ball, clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk]
9. a lavish dance requiring formal attire;
[syn: ball, formal]
10. a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass;
- Example: "the ball at the base of the thumb"
- Example: "he stood on the balls of his feet"
11. the game of baseball;
12. a pitch that is not in the strike zone;
- Example: "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
1. form into a ball by winding or rolling;
- Example: "ball wool"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st Bale, n., Pallmall.] 1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. [1913 Webster] 2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football. [1913 Webster] 4. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets. [1913 Webster] 5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) 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. [1913 Webster] 6. (Print.) 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. [1913 Webster] 7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot. [1913 Webster] 8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. --White. [1913 Webster] 9. The globe or earth. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 10. (Baseball) A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter, which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee (i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching four balls is called a walk. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] 10. a testicle; usually used in the plural. [vulgar] [PJC] 11. pl. courage; nerve. [vulgar] [PJC] 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 (Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a valve. Ball vein (Mining), 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. on the ball alert; competent and knowledgeable. to carry the ball to carry on the task; to assume the responsibility. to drop the ball to fail to perform as expected; to fail to live up to a responsibility. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Globe. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ball \Ball\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Balled (b[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Balling.] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ball \Ball\, v. t. 1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling. [1913 Webster] 2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ball \Ball\, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL. ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. ba`llein to toss or throw, or pa`llein, pa`llesqai, to leap, bound, balli`zein to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st Ball, n.] 1. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; -- usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. A very enjoyable time; as, we had a ball at the wedding. [PJC]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Ball, LA (town, FIPS 4055) Location: 31.41825 N, 92.41005 W Population (1990): 3305 (1260 housing units) Area: 20.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
257 Moby Thesaurus words for "ball": Kaffeeklatsch, action, agate, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, bal, bal costume, bal masque, ball bearing, balloon, bar shot, barn dance, baseball, baseball bat, basketball, bat, battledore, bauble, be intimate, bead, big time, bird shot, bladder, blob, blocks, blowout, boll, bolus, bowl, brawl, bubble, buckshot, bulb, bulbil, bulblet, bullet, cannon shot, cannonball, case shot, caucus, checkerboard, chessboard, clew, clot, club, cockhorse, cocktail party, coffee klatch, cohabit, colloquium, come together, commission, commit adultery, committee, conclave, concourse, conglobulate, congregation, congress, conventicle, convention, convocation, copulate, costume party, council, country dance, couple, cover, cricket bat, crossbar shot, cue, dance, date, diddle, diet, dinner, dinner party, discus, doll, doll carriage, donation party, duck shot, dumdum bullet, egg, eisteddfod, ejecta, ejectamenta, ellipsoid, ensphere, entertainment, expanding bullet, fancy-dress ball, festivity, fete, football, forgathering, fornicate, forum, frig, fun, fun and games, funmaking, game, garden party, gathering, geoid, get-together, gewgaw, gimcrack, globe, globelet, globoid, globule, glomerulus, gob, gobbet, golf club, good time, grape, grapeshot, great fun, handball, have sex, have sexual relations, hen party, high old time, high time, hobbyhorse, hop, house party, house-raising, housewarming, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw, knickknack, knob, knot, langrel shot, laughs, lawn party, lay, levee, lie with, lovely time, make it with, make love, make out, manstopping bullet, marble, marionette, mask, masked ball, masque, masquerade, masquerade ball, masquerade party, mate, meet, meeting, mig, missile, mixer, mothball, mount, mushroom, oblate spheroid, orb, orbit, orblet, oval, ovoid, panel, paper doll, party, pellet, pick-up sticks, picnic, pill, pinball, pinwheel, play, plaything, pleasant time, plenum, projectile, prolate spheroid, prom, promenade, puppet, pushball, quoit, quorum, racket, rag doll, rally, reception, record hop, rendezvous, rifle ball, rocking horse, rondure, round, round shot, rubber ball, screw, seance, serve, service, session, shell, shindig, shindy, shot, shower, shrapnel, sit-in, sitting, sleep with, slug, smoker, snowball, softball, soiree, sphere, spherify, spheroid, spherule, split shot, sport, square dance, stag, stag dance, stag party, steelie, surprise party, symposium, synod, taw, tea dance, teetotum, tetherball, the dansant, top, toy, toy soldier, trajectile, trinket, turnout, volleyball, wad, whiffle ball, whim-wham