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English Dictionary: ball by the DICT Development Group
7 results for ball
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"
    Synonym(s): musket ball, ball
  3. an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): 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)
    Synonym(s): Ball, Lucille Ball
  8. a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
    Synonym(s): ball, clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk
  9. a lavish dance requiring formal attire
    Synonym(s): 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"
  1. form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ball \Ball\, n. (Baseball)
      A pitched ball, not struck at by the batsman, which fails to
      pass over the home base at a height not greater than the
      batsman's shoulder nor less than his knee.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ball \Ball\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Balled} ([?]); p. pr. & vb. n.
      To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or
      clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
      palla, G. ball, Icel. b[94]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st
      {Bale}, n., {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.
      {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
      {Ball cartridge}, a cartridge containing a ball, as
            distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only
      {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
      {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.
      Syn: See {Globe}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ball \Ball\, v. t.
      1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for
      2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ball \Ball\, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL.
      ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. [?] to toss or throw,
      or [?], [?], to leap, bound, [?] to dance, jump about; or cf.
      1st {Ball}, n.]
      A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Ball, LA (town, FIPS 4055)
      Location: 31.41825 N, 92.41005 W
      Population (1990): 3305 (1260 housing units)
      Area: 20.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
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