ball meaning

[ bɔ:l ] Pronunciation:   "ball" in a sentence
  • Noun: ball  bol
    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"
      - musket ball 
    3. An object with a spherical shape
      "a ball of fire"
      - 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"
      - testis, testicle, orchis, ballock, bollock, nut, egg 
    6. A spherical object used as a plaything
      "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub" 
    7. A compact mass
      "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
      - clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk 
    8. A lavish dance requiring formal attire
      - formal 
    9. 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" 
    10. The game of baseball 
    11. A pitch that is not in the strike zone
      "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
    Verb: ball  bol
    1. Form into a ball by winding or rolling
      "ball wool"
    Noun: Ball
    1. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
      - Lucille Ball

    Sounds like: bawl

    Derived forms: balled, balls, balling

    Type of: actress, agglomeration, anatomical structure, baseball, baseball game, bodily structure, body structure, comedienne, complex body part, dance, delivery, game equipment, gonad, male reproductive gland, pellet, pitch, plaything, roll, sex gland, shot, sphere, structure, toy, twine, wind, wrap

    Part of: family jewels, hand, male genital organ, male genitalia, male genitals, male reproductive system, manus, mitt, paw, sole

    Encyclopedia: Ball, John Ball, Alan Ball Ball, LA Ball, Thomas Ball, Nicholas Ball, Louisiana

  • [American slang]
    in. to enjoy oneself.
    • The whole crowd was balling and having a fine time.
    • We balled the whole evening.

  • [Slang]
    to fornicate
    note: Popular term in the US during the 70s

  • [Mechanical engineering]
    "In fine grinding, one of the crushing bodies used in a ball mill."

  • [Medicine]
    vt : to give a medicinal ball to (as a horse)
    n : a round or roundish body or mass: as
    a : a roundish protuberant part of the body: as (1) : the rounded eminence by which the base of the thumb is continuous with the palm of the hand (2) : the rounded broad part of the sole of the human foot between toes and arch and on which the main weight of the body first rests in normal walking (3) : the padded rounded underside of a human finger or toe near the tip
    b : EYEBALL
    c : TESTIS —usu. considered vulgar
    d : a large pill (as one used in veterinary medicine) : BOLUS


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  1. this is to announce the ball on the weekend.
  2. the ball was to take place on friday night.
  3. the young ball player will bear watching.
  4. the batsman smashed the ball up into the air.
  5. he snatched at the ball but did not catch it.

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