- 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.
- 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 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 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)
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
- 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 gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A solid or hollow sphere, or part thereof.
- a ball of spittle; a fecal ball
- A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
- a ball of wool; a ball of twine
- (ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
- A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
- A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body.
- the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot
- (anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.
- The globe; the earthly sphere.
- (mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.
- (mathematics, more generally) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.
- An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
- (sports) The use of a round or ellipsoidal object.
- Any simple game involving a ball.
- The children were playing ball on the beach.
- The children were playing ball in the garden.
- (baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
- (pinball) An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.
- If you get to a million points, you get another ball.
- (cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
- (soccer) A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.
- Any simple game involving a ball.
- (mildly vulgar, slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
- (printing, historical) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.
- (farriery, historical) A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.
(third-person singular simple present balls, present participle balling, simple past and past participle balled)
- To form or wind into a ball.
- to ball cotton
- (metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
- (vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with.
- (intransitive) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.
- The horse balls; the snow balls.
- (slang, usually in present participle) To be hip or cool.
- (Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.
- 2007: A good tackle (some bad ones) will bring a cry of "Ball!" from the crowd – a plea for a holding the ball free kick. — AFL Sydney Swans Rules Zone 
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.