Definitions for ballbɔl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a spherical or approximately spherical body; sphere.

  2. a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for use in games, as baseball, football, or golf.

  3. a game played with a ball, esp. baseball or softball.

    Category: Games

  4. a pitched ball in baseball that is not swung at by the batter and does not pass through the strike zone.

    Category: Sport

  5. a solid, spherical projectile for a weapon. projectiles collectively.

    Category: Military

  6. a part, esp. of the human body, that is rounded or protuberant:

    the ball of the thumb.

  7. Vulgar Slang. a testicle.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. balls, Slang: Usu. Vulgar. boldness; courage. nonsense (often used as an interjection).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  9. a planetary or celestial body, esp. the earth.

  10. (v.t.)to make into a ball or balls.

  11. Vulgar Slang. to have sexual intercourse with.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  12. (v.i.)to form or gather into a ball.

    Category: Cooking, Common Vocabulary

  13. Vulgar Slang. to have sexual intercourse.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  14. ball up, to make into a mess; confuse.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

Idioms for ball:

  1. carry the ball,to assume the responsibility; bear the burden.

    Category: Idiom

  2. get or start (or keep ) the ball rolling,to initiate (or continue) an activity.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on the ball, alert or vital: into a state of alertness and efficiency: indicating intelligence and ability:

    to be on the ball.

    to get on the ball.

    to have a lot on the ball.

    Category: Idiom

  4. play ball, to work together; cooperate.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ball:

1175–1225; < OF < Gmc *ballaz; cf. OHG bal, ON bǫllr



  1. a large, usu. lavish, formal party featuring social dancing, sometimes given to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization.

  2. Informal. a thoroughly good time.

    Category: Informal

Origin of ball:

1625–35; < F bal, n. der. of bal(l)er to dance < LL ballāre < Gk ballízein


  1. John, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler's peasants' revolt in 1381.

    Category: Biography

  2. Lucille,1911–89, U.S. actress.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball(noun)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. ball, globe, orb(noun)

    an object with a spherical shape

    "a ball of fire"

  4. ball(noun)

    the people assembled at a lavish formal dance

    "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"

  5. 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"

  6. ball(noun)

    a spherical object used as a plaything

    "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"

  7. Ball, Lucille Ball(noun)

    United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)

  8. ball, clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk(noun)

    a compact mass

    "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"

  9. ball, formal(noun)

    a lavish dance requiring formal attire

  10. ball(noun)

    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"

  11. ball(noun)

    the game of baseball

  12. ball(verb)

    a pitch that is not in the strike zone

    "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"

  13. ball(verb)

    form into a ball by winding or rolling

    "ball wool"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ball(noun)ɔl

    a round object played with in sports

    a tennis ball; to throw/catch the ball

  2. ballɔl

    a ball-shaped object

    a ball of string

  3. ballɔl

    a game played with a ball

    Do you want to play ball?

  4. ballɔl

    the round part of a hand or foot

    the ball of your foot

  5. ballɔl

    a formal event for dancing

    a ball at the White House

  6. ballɔl

    to make a process start

    Let's get the ball rolling with some introductions.

  7. ballɔl

    alert and ready

    As a police officer, you need to be on the ball.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ball(noun)

    any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow

  2. Ball(noun)

    a spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc

  3. Ball(noun)

    a general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football

  4. Ball(noun)

    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

  5. Ball(noun)

    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. Ball(noun)

    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. Ball(noun)

    a roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot

  8. Ball(noun)

    a large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus

  9. Ball(noun)

    the globe or earth

  10. Ball(verb)

    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

  11. Ball(verb)

    to heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling

  12. Ball(verb)

    to form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton

  13. Ball(noun)

    a social assembly for the purpose of dancing


  1. Ball

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1532

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Written Corpus Frequency: #879

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ball' in Nouns Frequency: #520

Translations for ball

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


anything roughly round in shape

a ball of wool.

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