ball meaning

EN[bɔːl] [bɔl] [bɑl] [-ɔːl]
  • A ball is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players.
  • Although many types of balls are today made from rubber, this form was unknown outside the Americas until after the voyages of Columbus.
  • As balls are one of the most familiar spherical objects to humans, the word "ball" is used to refer to, or to describe, anything spherical or near-spherical.
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    Definition of ball in English Dictionary

  • NounPLballsSUF-all
    1. A solid or hollow sphere, or part thereof.
      1. a ball of spittle;   a fecal ball
      2. a ball of wool;   a ball of twine ‎
      3. the ball of the thumb;   the ball of the foot ‎
      4. Move round the dark terrestrial ball.
      5. Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.
    2. (sports) The use of a round or ellipsoidal object.
      1. The children were playing ball on the beach. ‎
      2. The children were playing ball in the garden. ‎
      3. If you get to a million points, you get another ball. ‎
      4. After Essien's poor attempt flew into the stands, Rodrigo Moreno - Bolton's on-loan winger from Benfica who was making his full Premier League debut - nearly exposed the Blues with a lovely ball for Johan Elmander, but it just skipped away from his team-mate's toes.
    3. (mildly vulgar, slang, chiefly in the plural) A testicle.
      1. That’s a load of balls, and you know it! ‎ — Synonyms — See Wikisaurus:nonsense
      2. I doubt he’s got the balls to tell him off. ‎
    4. (printing, historical) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.
      1. (farriery, historical) A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.
        1. A formal dance.
          1. INF A very enjoyable time.
            1. I had a ball at that concert. ‎
        2. VerbSGballsPRballingPT, PPballed
          1. VT To form or wind into a ball.
            1. to ball cotton
          2. (metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
            1. VT (vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with.
              1. VT VI To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.
                1. The horse balls; the snow balls.
              2. SLA (usually in present participle) To be hip or cool.
                1. (nonstandard) SLA To play basketball.
                2. Interjection
                  1. (Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.
                    1. 2007: A good tackle (and some bad ones) will bring a cry of "Ball!" from the crowd – a plea for a holding the ball free kick. — AFL Sydney Swans Rules Zone [1]
                3. More Examples
                  1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                    • I went back to pass, tried to look off the safety, turned and fired it out to Jack. It didn't work. The safety closed on the ball and knocked it down.
                    • Did you ever get the ball rolling on your plans to build a shed?
                    • We've got pots, pans, the food and cooking utensils—the whole ball of wax.
                  2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                    • Balls were first made of grass or leaves held together by strings, and later of pieces of animal skin sewn together and stuffed with feathers or hay.
                  3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                    • The kids used a traffic safety cone to play their first full game of tee ball.
                    • Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.
                    • At the start of the game, the referee racks up the red balls.
                • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                  1. Interjections
                    • Nouns
                      • Countable nouns
                      • Verbs
                        • Intransitive verbs
                          • Transitive verbs
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                        Source: Wiktionary

                        Meaning of ball for the defined word.

                        Grammatically, this word "ball" is an interjection. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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