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ball

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), noun [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st {Bale}, noun, {Pallmall}.]

1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

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

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

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}.

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.

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cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.

7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.

8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus. --White.

9. The globe or earth. --Pope.

Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison.

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.

Syn: See {Globe}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ball \Ball\, verb (used without an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ball \Ball\, verb (used with an object)

1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ball \Ball\, noun [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}, noun]

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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ball

noun

1: 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: a solid projectile that is shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball" [syn: {musket ball}, {ball}]

3: an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: {ball}, {globe}, {orb}]

4: the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "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; "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; "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; "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; "the ball at the base of the thumb"; "he stood on the balls of his feet"

11: the game of baseball

12: a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"

verb

1: form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool"

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