round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
"the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw out the first ball"; "the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
musket ball, ball(noun)
a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
"they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
ball, globe, orb(noun)
an object with a spherical shape
"a ball of fire"
the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
"the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut, egg(noun)
one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
"she kicked him in the balls and got away"
a spherical object used as a plaything
"he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
Ball, Lucille Ball(noun)
United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
ball, clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk(noun)
a compact mass
"a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
a lavish dance requiring formal attire
a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass
"the ball at the base of the thumb"; "he stood on the balls of his feet"
the game of baseball
a pitch that is not in the strike zone
"he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
form into a ball by winding or rolling
any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow
a spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc
a general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football
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
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
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cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller
a roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot
a large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus
the globe or earth
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
to heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling
to form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton
a social assembly for the purpose of dancing
A ball is a formal dance. Attenders wear evening attire, which is specified on the invitation as black tie or white tie. Social dance forms a large part of the evening; actual ballroom dancing may or may not occur.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bawl, n. anything round: any celestial body, esp. the 'globe:' the golden orb borne with the sceptre as the emblem of sovereignty: a globular body to play with in tennis, football, golf, billiards, &c.: any rounded protuberant part of the body: a bullet, or any missile thrown from an engine of war: a rounded mass of anything: a throw or delivery of the ball at cricket: a well-known game played with a ball.&mdamdash;v.i. to gather itself into a ball, become clogged.—ns. Ball′-cart′ridge, a cartridge containing both powder and ball [Ball and Cartridge]; Ball′-cock, the stopcock of a cistern, attached to one end of a lever, at the other end of which is a hollow metal ball which rises and falls with the water, thus regulating the supply; Ball′-flow′er, an ornament of the decorated style of Gothic architecture, resembling a ball placed in a circular flower.—adj. Ball′-proof, proof against balls discharged from firearms.—Ball and socket, a joint formed of a ball partly enclosed in a cup, thus insuring great strength; Ball of the eye, the eye within the lids and socket.—No ball, a ball unfairly bowled.—Three golden or brass balls, the sign of a pawnbroker.—To have the ball at one's feet, to have a thing in one's power; To keep the ball up or rolling, to keep from flagging; To take up the ball, to take one's turn in anything.—Wide ball, one out of the batsman's reach. [M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.]
bawl, n. an entertainment of dancing.—n. Ball′room.—To open the ball, to begin the dancing, to begin operations. [O. Fr. bal, baller, to dance—Low L. ballare, referred by some to Gr. ballizein.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1532
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Written Corpus Frequency: #879
Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Nouns Frequency: #520
The numerical value of ball in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of ball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
By the time you get to your ball, if you don't know what to do with it, try another sport.
I just wrap my arms around the whole backfield and peel 'em one by one until I get to the ball carrier. Him I keep.
Happy Son of a bitch ball. Why can't you go home Aren't you good enough for your home Answer me. Suck my white ass ball.
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
It's been a different year certainly, a different week, different approach, i think when I was in there, we ran the ball better. We held on to the ball, caught the ball better. That's just kind of how it worked out.
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Translations for ball
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ضرة, كبة, كرةArabic
- яйцо́, мяч, яе́чка, я́йка, шарBelarusian
- кълбо́, бал, удрям едно мадо, възглавничка, сфе́ра, ташак, гюле, то́пкаBulgarian
- པོ་ལོTibetan Standard
- bola, pilota, pilotesCatalan, Valencian
- koule, klubko, ples, míč, bál, vejceCzech
- bold, bal, kugleDanish
- Kugel, Ball, Fußballen, Mist, Knäuel, EiGerman
- σφαίρα, χορός, μπάλαGreek
- bulo, sfero, pilko, globo, baloEsperanto
- [[coger]] con, tirada, pelota, huevos, esfera, bola, cojones, balón, círculo, agallas, baile, [[tirarse]] a, [[follar]] con, bala, pelotasSpanish
- pall, ballEstonian
- گوی, توپ, کرهPersian
- panna, palli, pallo, tanssiaiset, paska, nussia, kuula, lankakerä, päkiä, kerä, muna, naida, paskapuheFinnish
- dansur, dansiveitsla, ballFaroese
- boulet, balle, boule, couille, conneries, bal, couilles, peloteFrench
- bal, bolWestern Frisian
- liathróid, róidlianna, cuachIrish
- crig, bluckan, daunseManx
- गोला, नृत्यसभा, गेंदHindi
- boulHaitian Creole
- mogyoró, gömb, gombolyag, golyó, tök, labdaHungarian
- գնդոլորտ, գունդ, պարահանդես, գնդիկArmenian
- baloneto, baloIdo
- kjarkur, kjaftæði, bolti, rugl, kúlaIcelandic
- palla, scopare, pallone, trombare, gomitolo, ballo, boiateItalian
- 球, 玉, 鞠, 正球, 金玉, 毬, 舞踏会, 睾丸, まり, ボールJapanese
- კვერცხები, მეჯლისი, სფერო, წვეულება, ბურთი, ბალიGeorgian
- 球, 공, 무도회, 볼, 불알, 舞蹈會, 구, 불Korean
- gun, tepik, hol, تۆپ, top, gogKurdish
- пас берүү, түйүнчөк, түйдөк, шар, топ берүү, пас, түрмөкKyrgyz
- Ball, BalLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- kamuolys, kiaušasLithuanian
- bumba, lodeLatvian
- сфе́ра, кло́пче, то́пка, бал, ма́диња, ма́де, та́шак, ја́болко, то́пки, ја́јце, ѓу́ле, то́пчеMacedonian
- പന്ത്, ഗോളംMalayalam
- bola, majlis tarian, telur, korah, pesta tarianMalay
- kloten, bal, kluwen, bolletje, bolleke, [[kloten]] aan z’n lijf, kloot, bol, ballen, kogelDutch
- ballNorwegian Nynorsk
- портиOssetian, Ossetic
- kula, kłębek, bal, jaja, piłka, jajoPolish
- پنډوس, ټوپکیPashto, Pushto
- comer, bolas, colhões, círculo, bola, baile, bala, bola do pé, besteira, sacoPortuguese
- bura, balla, boraRomansh
- bilă, minge, ghem, coiRomanian
- поду́шечка, яи́чко, шарик, мяч, яйцо́, шар, бал, ядри́ть, сфе́ра, бол, сфера, ядро́, мудёж, клубо́к, я́йцаRussian
- गुड, कन्दुक, पिण्डSanskrit
- лопта, ples, плес, klupka, klupko, lopta, bal, балSerbo-Croatian
- බෝලයSinhala, Sinhalese
- gule, lopta, guľa, ples, bálSlovak
- jajca, krogla, žoga, plesSlovene
- kula, boll, trampdyna, knulla, klot, skitsnack, stake, bal, balle, nystanSwedish
- ఉండ, బంతిTelugu
- bola, bayag, itlogTagalog
- fo'i puluTonga (Tonga Islands)
- top, haya, küre, gülle, taşak, mermi, yumak, balo, yumurtaTurkish
- яйце́, м'яч, ядро́, ку́ля, яє́чкоUkrainian
- گولا, گیندUrdu
- bóng, vũ hội, banh, 舞會Vietnamese
- באַל, פּילקעYiddish
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