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Ball meaning

ball - 16 dictionary results

  1. 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. 2. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; " the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
  3. 3. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program ( 1911- 1989)
  4. 4. form into a ball by winding or rolling; " ball wool"
  5. 5. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  6. 6. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  7. 7. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  10. 10. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  11. 11. The globe or earth.
  12. 12. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  13. 13. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; - formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
  16. 16. A round body; bullet; an entertainment of dancing.

ball - examples of usage

  1. Poor woman, she was a good, a too good, mother, but she had never been to a ball. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Her poor mother cried with pleasure over her ball dress. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. Well, the Beresfords left about three; and that was the end of Nan's first ball. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
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