- 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.
Yarn wound into two balls.
ball definition by Webster's New World
- 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: the ball of the foot
- Vulgar a testicle: usually used in 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: Middle 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 bǫllr, Old High German balla, Classical Greek phallos, Classical Latin follis and amp; flare
- to form into a ball
- Slang, Vulgar to have sexual intercourse (with)
- a formal social dance
- Slang an enjoyable time, event, or experience
Origin: French 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
ball definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 rounded, movable 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.
- balls Vulgar Slang a. The testicles.b. Courage, especially when reckless.c. Great presumptuousness.
- 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: Middle 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: French bal, from Old French, from baller, to dance, from Late Latin ballāre, from Greek ballizein; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
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ball - Medical Definition
- A spherical object or mass.
- A bezoar.
- A large pill or bolus.
ball - Phrases/Idioms
Etymology: see bollix
be on the ballâ
carry the ballâ
get (or keep) the ball rollingâ
have something on the ballâ
- â to begin or resume playing a ballgame
- â to begin or resume any activity
- â Informal to cooperate
on the ball
- Alert, competent, or efficient: a teacher who is really on the ball.
- Relating to qualities, such as competence, skill, or knowledge, that are necessary for success: a manager who has a lot on the ball; a student who has nothing on the ball.