What does ball mean?

Definitions for ball

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ball.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ball

    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 Ball-flower. 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.]

  2. Ball

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ball

    In a general sense, implies a spherical and round body, whether naturally so or formed into that figure by art. In a military view it comprehends all sorts of bullets for fire-arms, from the cannon to the pistol: also those pyrotechnic projectiles for guns or mortars, whether intended to destroy, or only to give light, smoke, or stench.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ball

    Is a general term applied to every kind of spherical shot fired from a musket, rifle, or cannon. Leaden balls are chiefly used for the small-arms and iron for the artillery. See Cartridge, Shot, Shells.

Editors Contribution

  1. ball

    A type of product created for a specific sport.

    A ball is used for football, Rugby, Tennis etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ball

    A dancing party received this name primarily from the curious ancient Ball Play in Church by the Dean and choir boys of Naples during the “Feast of Fools” at Easter. While singing an antiphon the boys caught the ball thrown by the Dean as they danced around him. At private dancing parties the dancers always threw a ball at one another as, to the sound of their own voices, they whirled around in sets, the pastime consisting in loosening hands in time to catch it. Afterwards the ball was discarded, but the dance time received the name of a Ballad, from the Latin ballare, to dance.

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

How to pronounce ball?

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How to say ball in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ball in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ball in a Sentence

  1. Simona Halep:

    I think it wasn't my good day but I give her a lot of credit as she played without fear and hit every ball, she beat me. It's tough but it's only one day, only one match and I have many matches ahead of me.

  2. President Vladimir Putin:

    We have carried out everything the West wanted on the eve of the elections. If there is a desire in the West to improve our relations, nobody and nothing can prevent that, the ball is now firmly in the West's court.

  3. Jovan Dewitt:

    For me, its my ultimate release, being on the grass coaching ball and working with our guys, to be out there is a complete relief for me.

  4. Scott Swift:

    I wish I had a crystal ball that I look into the future and see. I am concerned about the forces of detribalization that appear to be more current here in the theater, and that's what I hear from my friends in the region as I communicate with them…The lack of certainty - the growing uncertainty of those countries in the region.

  5. Michele Bachmann:

    The first time I ever came to this city was to dance at the inaugural ball for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale! Which is kind of hard to believe. But then I saw how their policies worked out, they were a complete and utter failure, and then that's why I became a Republican, and I never looked back.

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Translations for ball

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  • ампылAbkhaz
  • ضرة, كبة, كرةArabic
  • торгӏоAvaric
  • яйцо́, мяч, яе́чка, я́йка, шарBelarusian
  • кълбо́, бал, удрям едно мадо, възглавничка, сфе́ра, ташак, гюле, то́пкаBulgarian
  • པོ་ལོTibetan Standard
  • balBreton
  • bola, pilota, pilotesCatalan, Valencian
  • буьркChechen
  • 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
  • dunkulenHausa
  • כדורHebrew
  • गोला, नृत्यसभा, गेंदHindi
  • boulHaitian Creole
  • mogyoró, gömb, gombolyag, golyó, tök, labdaHungarian
  • գնդոլորտ, գունդ, պարահանդես, գնդիկArmenian
  • bolaIndonesian
  • baloneto, baloIdo
  • kjarkur, kjaftæði, bolti, rugl, kúlaIcelandic
  • palla, scopare, pallone, trombare, gomitolo, ballo, boiateItalian
  • כַּדוּרHebrew
  • 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
  • ಚೆಂಡುKannada
  • 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
  • pilaLatin
  • Ball, BalLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ບານLao
  • kamuolys, kiaušasLithuanian
  • bumba, lodeLatvian
  • сфе́ра, кло́пче, то́пка, бал, ма́диња, ма́де, та́шак, ја́болко, то́пки, ја́јце, ѓу́ле, то́пчеMacedonian
  • പന്ത്, ഗോളംMalayalam
  • бөмбөгMongolian
  • bola, majlis tarian, telur, korah, pesta tarianMalay
  • ballunMaltese
  • ballNorwegian
  • 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
  • topAlbanian
  • kula, boll, trampdyna, knulla, klot, skitsnack, stake, bal, balle, nystanSwedish
  • mpiraSwahili
  • ఉండ, బంతిTelugu
  • ลูกบอลThai
  • 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
  • toʻpiUzbek
  • bóng, vũ hội, banh, 舞會Vietnamese
  • באַל, פּילקעYiddish
  • Chinese

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