Definitions for: Ball

[n] a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
[n] a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empy lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
[n] 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"
[n] a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
[n] a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
[n] one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
[n] a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the human foot or ball at the base of the thumb; "he stood on the balls of his feet"
[n] a lavish formal dance
[n] a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
[n] the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
[n] an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
[v] form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example

Webster (1913) Definition: Ball (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]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inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Synonyms: ballock, baseball, baseball game, bollock, chunk, clod, clump, egg, glob, globe, lump, musket ball, nut, orb, orchis, testicle, testis

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