1. [ noun ] (games) 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"

Related terms: game_equipment football baseball marble roulette_ball medicine_ball field_hockey_ball croquet_ball pool_ball rugby_ball bowl bocce_ball golf_ball handball bowling_ball ninepin_ball ping-pong_ball polo_ball lacrosse_ball punching_bag wiffle cricket_ball soccer_ball softball squash_ball racquetball tennis_ball volleyball billiard_ball basketball
2. [ noun ] (arms) a solid ball shot by a musket
Synonyms: musket_ball

"they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"

Related terms: shot
3. [ noun ] any object with a spherical shape
Synonyms: orb globe

"a ball of fire"

Related terms: sphere spherule fireball mothball crystal_ball globule time-ball pellet bolus fireball conglobate
4. [ noun ] (dance) a lavish formal dance

"she was the loveliest girl at the ball"

Related terms: dance dance cotillion masked_ball prom promenade
5. [ noun ] (dance) the people assembled at a lavish formal dance

"the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"

Related terms: dance promenade
6. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology,sexuality) one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
Synonyms: testicle testis orchis ballock bollock egg gonad nut

"she kicked him in the balls and got away"

Related terms: male_reproductive_gland gonad endocrine_gland undescended_testis cobblers male_reproductive_system male_genitalia vas_deferens spermatic_cord epididymis rete_testis seminiferous_tubule testicular_vein testicular_artery
7. [ noun ] a spherical object used as a plaything

"he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"

Related terms: plaything snowball beach_ball
8. [ verb ] form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example
Related terms: wind
9. [ noun ] (baseball,sport,games) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run
Synonyms: baseball baseball_game ball_game

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "play ball!"

Related terms: ball_game field_game three-hitter no-hit_game daisy_cutter one-hitter rounders perfect_game four-hitter steal professional_baseball softball hardball five-hitter stickball two-hitter pitching error pitch batting grounder plunk liner bunt fielding fly catching base_hit fair_ball out baseball_play tag foul pitcher catcher hit walk bat ballplayer pitching home_plate walk base_on_balls single mound baseball_diamond major_league shortstop outfielder drive_in pitch pop batter fan out steal minor_league error right-handed_pitcher batting_average double batting blast fastball ballpark base_runner batting_coach ball_game first_baseman base_hit second_baseman liner batting_average fielding_average foul plunk fumble fielding ground_out bunt bunt bounce_out triple fly aboard bat strike_out grounder tag nab pinch_hitter infielder wind_up run_bases no-hit ball-hawking hitless batting_order third_baseman assist farm_team putout catching cut_down starting_pitcher bat_boy pitching_coach die backstop catch bear_down fumble sacrifice closer triple_crown screwballer fair retire foul in-bounds fly foul connect tag texas_leaguer pull ground ground flare shoestring_catch fair_ball bat submarine switch-hit bat safe triple-crown put_out whiff baseball_equipment backstop ground_rule cleanup baseball_coach lead baseball_play strikeout out away
10. [ noun ] (performing arts) United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
Synonyms: lucille_ball
Related terms: actress comedienne
11. [ noun ] a compact mass
Synonyms: chunk clod lump clump glob

"a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"

Related terms: agglomeration clot clew gob collocate
12. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) 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"

Related terms: structure hand sole
13. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 320
14. [ noun ] (baseball) a pitch that is not in the strike zone

"he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"

Related terms: pitch
Similar spelling:   bally