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ball

noun (n)

  • round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The ball travelled 90 mph on his serve.
    The mayor threw out the first ball.
    The ball rolled into the corner pocket.
    source: wordnet30
  • a solid projectile that is shot by a musket (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: musket ball
    Example:
    They had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball.
    source: wordnet30
  • an object with a spherical shape (noun.shape)
    Synonym: globe, orb
    Example:
    A ball of fire.
    source: wordnet30
  • the people assembled at a lavish formal dance (noun.group)
    Example:
    The ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded.
    source: wordnet30
  • one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens (noun.body)
    Example:
    She kicked him in the balls and got away.
    source: wordnet30
  • a spherical object used as a plaything (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    He played with his rubber ball in the bathtub.
    source: wordnet30
  • United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989) (noun.person)
    Synonym: lucille ball
    source: wordnet30
  • a compact mass (noun.group)
    Synonym: chunk, clod, clump, glob, lump
    Example:
    A ball of mud caught him on the shoulder.
    source: wordnet30
  • a lavish dance requiring formal attire (noun.event)
    Synonym: formal
    source: wordnet30
  • a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass (noun.body)
    Example:
    The ball at the base of the thumb.
    He stood on the balls of his feet.
    source: wordnet30
  • the game of baseball (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • a pitch that is not in the strike zone (noun.act)
    Example:
    He threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him.
    source: wordnet30
  • Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A social assembly for the purpose of dancing. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • form into a ball by winding or rolling (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Ball wool.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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