Yarn wound into two balls.
- To have a ball is defined as to have a good time.
An example of someone having a ball is a person dancing at a party.
- To carry the ball is defined as to be accountable.
An example of someone carrying the ball is an employee doing the duties of a co-worker who is sick.
- To get on the ball is defined as to do what you are supposed to, or to stop silly behavior.
An example of someone getting on the ball is a student doing his classwork instead of playing with a friend.
- The definition of a ball is a round object in the shape of a sphere or any sport that uses such an object in its play.
- An example of a ball is a baseball or basketball.
- An example of a sport that can be referred to as ball is basketball.
- To ball is defined as to make something into a spherical shape.
An example of making something into a ball is when you make cookies out of dough and place the dough in rounded shapes on the cookie sheet.
- any round, or spherical, object; sphere; globe
- a planet or star, esp. the earth
- a round or egg-shaped object used in various games
- any of several such games, esp. baseball
- a throw or pitch of a ball
- a solid missile or projectile for a cannon or firearm
- such projectiles for firearms, collectively
- a rounded part of the body; specif., the rounded area (ball of the foot) formed along the first joints of the toes when the foot is arched
- a testicle: usually used in pl.) (somewhat vulgar
- [pl.] daring or courage
- Baseball a pitch that is wide of the plate or goes above the armpit (or shoulder in slow-pitch softball) or below the knee of the batter, who does not swing at it: four balls allow the batter to go to first base
- Hort. the roots of a plant, bound and packed for shipping
Origin of ballMiddle English bal from Old English an unverified form beallu from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to swell from source bowl, bladder, Old Norse b?llr, Old High German balla, Classical Greek phallos, Classical Latin follis and flare
- to form into a ball
- Slang to have sexual intercourse (with): somewhat vulgar
Origin of ballsee bollix
be on the ball
carry the ball
get (or keep) the ball rolling
have something on the ball
- to begin or resume playing a ballgame
- to begin or resume any activity
- Informal to cooperate
- a formal social dance
- Slang an enjoyable time, event, or experience
Origin of ballFrench bal from Old French baller, to dance from Late Latin ballare from Classical Greek ballein, to throw (with sense of ballizein, to dance, jump about) from Indo-European base an unverified form gwel-, to drip, spring forth, throw from source German quelle, a spring
- died 1381; Eng. priest: executed as an instigator of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381
- 1911-89; U.S. comedienne and actress
- a. A spherical object or entity: a steel ball.b. A spherical or almost spherical body: a ball of flame.
- Sports a. Any of various movable and round or oblong objects used in various athletic activities and games.b. Such an object moving, thrown, hit, or kicked in a particular manner: a low ball; a fair ball.c. A game, especially baseball or basketball, played with such an object.d. A pitched baseball that does not pass through the strike zone and is not swung at by the batter.
- a. A solid spherical or pointed projectile, such as one shot from a cannon.b. Projectiles of this kind considered as a group.
- A rounded part or protuberance, especially of the body: the ball of the foot.
- Vulgar Slang a. A testicle.b. balls Courage, especially when reckless.c. balls Great presumptuousness.
verbballed, ball·ing, balls
- To form into a ball.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
- To become formed into a ball.
- Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.
Origin of ballMiddle English bal probably from Old English beall ; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A formal gathering for social dancing.
- Informal An extremely enjoyable time or experience: We had a ball during our vacation.
Origin of ballFrench bal from Old French from baller to dance from Late Latin ballāre from Greek ballizein ; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English bal, ball, balle, from Old English *beall, *bealla (“round object, ball”) or Old Norse bǫllr (“a ball”) (whence the Icelandic böllur (“scrotum; penis; a ball”)), both from Proto-Germanic *balluz, *ballô (“ball”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoln- (“bubble”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to blow, inflate, swell”). Cognate with Old Saxon ball, Dutch bal, Old High German bal, ballo (German Ball (“ball”); Ballen (“bale”)). Related forms in Romance are borrowings from Germanic. See also balloon, bale.
- A surname.