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ball

Noun

1 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"
2 a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball" [syn: musket ball]
3 an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: globe, orb]
4 the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
5 one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away" [syn: testis, testicle, orchis, ballock, bollock, nut, egg]
6 a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
7 United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989) [syn: Lucille Ball]
8 a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder" [syn: clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk]
9 a lavish formal dance
10 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"
11 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!" [syn: baseball, baseball game]
12 a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him" v : form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /bɔːl/, /bO:l/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːl

Homophones

Etymology 1

Noun

  1. A solid or hollow sphere.
  2. An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
  3. A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
    ball of wool''
  4. A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
  5. In the context of "pinball": An opportunity to launch the ball into play.
  6. In the context of "ballistics": A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
  7. In the context of "ballistics": A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
  8. 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.
  9. In the context of "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.
  10. In the context of "mildly|vulgar|slang|usually in plural": A testicle.
  11. In the context of "mildly|vulgar|slang|in plural": Nonsense.
    That’s a load of balls, and you know it! — Synonyms — See
  12. In the context of "slang|in plural": Courage.
    I doubt he’s got the balls to tell him off.
  13. A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
  14. The ball of a foot
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
solid or hollow sphere
  • Arabic: (kóra)
  • Chinese: , (qiú)
  • Dutch: bol
  • Esperanto: globo, sfero
  • Estonian: pall
  • Finnish: pallo
  • French: balle, boule
  • German: Kugel , naut. Ball
  • Greek: σφαίρα (sfaíra)
  • Hebrew: כדור (kadur)
  • Hungarian: golyó
  • Italian: palla
  • Japanese: (たま, tamá), (きゅう, kyū)
  • Korean: (gong), (, gu)
  • Latvian: lode , bumba
  • Polish: kula
  • Portuguese: bola
  • Russian: шар (šar) (usually solid), сфера (sféra) (usually hollow)
  • Scots: baw
  • Serbian: lopta
  • Slovak: guľa
  • Spanish: bola, esfera
  • Swedish: boll (soft and/or hollow), klot (mainly hard and/or solid), kula (solid, hard and small)
  • Telugu: బంతి
  • Turkish: top
object, generally spherical, used for playing games
  • Arabic: (kóra)
  • Breton: bal, baloù p
  • Bulgarian: топка
  • Catalan: pilota
  • Chinese: , (qiú)
  • Czech: míč
  • Dutch: bal
  • Esperanto: pilko
  • Estonian: pall
  • Finnish: pallo, kuula (e.g., in shot put, also colloquially)
  • French: (small, such as a cricket ball) balle , (large, such as a football) ballon
  • German: Ball (hollow or soft), Kugel (hard)
  • Greek: μπάλα (bála)
  • Hebrew: כדור (kadúr)
  • Hungarian: labda
  • Icelandic: bolti
  • Ido: baloneto
  • Indonesian: bola
  • Italian: pallone
  • Japanese: ボール (bōru), まり (mari), (mari), (mari)
  • Kurdish: gog, hol, top, tepik, تۆپ
  • Latin: pila
  • Latvian: bumba
  • Polish: piłka
  • Portuguese: bola
  • Romanian: bilă
  • Russian: мяч (mjač) (mostly for balls filled with air but there are exclusions such as baseball, golf ball and others), шар (šar) (for solid balls)
  • Scots: baw
  • Serbian: lopta, tapka
  • Slovak: guľa , lopta
  • Slovene: žoga
  • Spanish: pelota, balón, bola
  • Swahili: mpira, mipira p (noun 3/4)
  • Swedish: boll , klot (mainly hard and/or solid), kula (small and hard)
  • Tagalog: bola
  • Telugu: బంతి
  • Tongan: pulu
  • Turkish: top
quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape
baseball: a pitch that falls outside the strike zone
  • Japanese: ボール
pinball: an opportunity to launch the ball into play
  • Finnish: pallo
  • Spanish: tirada
ballistics: a solid nonexplosive missile
  • Dutch: kogel
  • Finnish: kuula
  • German: Kugel
  • Hungarian: golyó
  • Polish: kula
  • Portuguese: bala
  • Russian: ядро
  • Slovene: krogla
  • Spanish: bala
  • Swedish: kula
mathematics: set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance of a given point
  • Bulgarian: сфера
  • Chinese: 球體, 球体 (qiú tǐ)
  • Finnish: pallo
  • French: boule
  • German: Kugel
  • Italian: palla
  • Japanese: (きゅう, kyū)
  • Polish: kula
  • Portuguese: círculo
  • Russian: сфера
  • Slovak: guľa
  • Spanish: esfera (3D), círculo (2D)
  • Swedish: klot
mildly vulgar slang: testicle
  • Catalan: pilotes, f|p
  • Dutch: bal
  • Finnish: palli (mildly vulgar)
  • French: couille (vulgar)
  • German: Ei
  • Icelandic: kúla (used in plural, with article)
  • Italian: palla (mildly vulgar)
  • Japanese: 筋玉 (きんたま, kintama)
  • Korean: 불알 (bural), (bul)
  • Kurdish: gun
  • Lithuanian: kiaušas
  • Polish: jajo, jaja
  • Portuguese: saco, bolas, ovos (vulgar)
  • Romanian: coi (vulgar)
  • Russian: яйцо (jajtsó) , яйца (jájtsa) p
  • Scots: baw
  • Slovene: jajca
  • Spanish: huevos, cojones, pelotas
  • Swedish: kula, balle
  • Tagalog: itlog
in plural - mildly vulgar slang - nonsense
  • Bulgarian: топки
  • Dutch: ballen, kloten
  • German: Mist
  • Icelandic: kjaftæði , rugl
  • Italian: boiate
  • Polish: jaja
  • Russian: мудёж (mudjóž) , мудежа (mudežá) p
  • Swedish: skitsnack
in plural — slang — courage
  • Dutch: kloten aan z’n lijf m|p
  • Icelandic: kjarkur
  • Slovak: gule f|p
  • Slovene: jajca
  • Spanish: agallas, huevos
  • Swedish: stake
cricket: a single delivery
  • Japanese: 正球 (せいきゅう, seikyū)
(anatomy) the ball of a foot
dance (noun)
  • French: bal
  • German: Ball
  • Italian: ballo
  • Spanish: baile

Verb

  1. In the context of "transitive|vulgar": To have sexual intercourse with.
Synonyms
Translations
vulgar slang: have sexual intercourse with

Interjection

ball
  1. 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 (and 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 http://www.afl.com.au/FanZone/Rules/tabid/7892/Default.aspx

Etymology 2

From < ballare.

Noun

  1. A formal dance.
  2. A very enjoyable time.
    I had a ball at that concert
Related terms
Translations
formal dance
  • Bulgarian: бал (bal)
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 舞會,舞会 (wǔ huì)
  • Crimean Tatar: bal
  • Czech: bál
  • Dutch: bal
  • Esperanto: balo
  • Estonian: ball
  • Finnish: tanssiaiset
  • French: bal
  • German: Ball
  • Ido: balo
  • Italian: ballo
  • Japanese: 舞踏会 (ぶとうかい, butōkai)
  • Polish: bal
  • Portuguese: baile
  • Russian: бал (bal)
  • Serbian: ples, bal
  • Slovak: ples, bál
  • Slovene: ples
  • Spanish: baile
  • Swedish: bal
  • Turkish: balo
colloquial: a very enjoyable time

Crimean Tatar

Etymology

balle - "ball".

Noun

ball

Declension

References

Useinov-Mireev 2002}}

Icelandic

Noun

ball ('''

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. limb
  2. member

Declension

Swedish

Adjective

ball
  1. cool, hip, fun, entertaining
    Det är ballt att åka skateboard.
    "It’s cool to ride a skateboard."

Noun

ball (more commonly balle)

Extensive Definition

Balls are objects typically used in games. They are usually spherical but can be ovoid. In most games using balls, the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players. Balls can also be used for simpler activities, such as catch, marbles and juggling. Balls made from hard-wearing metal are used in engineering applications to provide frictionless bearings, known as ball bearings.
Although many types of balls are today made from rubber, this form was unknown outside the Americas until after the voyages of Columbus. The Spanish were the first Europeans to see bouncing rubber balls (albeit solid and not inflated) which were employed most notably in the Mesoamerican ballgame. Balls used in various sports in other parts of the world prior to Columbus were made from other materials such as animal bladders or skins, stuffed with various materials.

Etymology

The first known use of the word ball in English in the sense of a globular body that is played with was in 1205 in in the phrase, "" The word came from the Middle English bal (inflected as ball-e, -es, in turn from Old Norse böllr (; compare Old Swedish baller, and Swedish boll) from Proto-Germanic ballu-z, (whence probably Middle High German bal, ball-es, Middle Dutch bal), a cognate with Old High German ballo, pallo, Middle High German balle from Proto-Germanic *ballon (weak masculine), and Old High German ballâ, pallâ, Middle High German balle, Proto-Germanic *ballôn (weak feminine). No Old English representative of any of these is known. (The answering forms in Old English would have been beallu, -a, -e -- compare bealluc, ballock.) If ball- was native in Germanic, it may have been a cognate with the Latin foll-is in sense of a "thing blown up or inflated." In the later Middle English spelling balle the word coincided graphically with the French balle "ball" and "bale", which has hence been erroneously assumed to be its source. French balle (but not boule) is assumed to be of Germanic origin, itself, however.

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ball in Guarani: Vakapipopo
ball in Bulgarian: Топка
ball in Catalan: Pilota
ball in Czech: Míč
ball in Danish: Bold
ball in German: Ball
ball in Modern Greek (1453-): Μπάλα
ball in Spanish: Pelota
ball in Esperanto: Pilko
ball in Basque: Baloi
ball in Persian: توپ (ورزش)
ball in French: Ballon (sport)
ball in Scottish Gaelic: Bàlla
ball in Korean: 공 (운동 기구)
ball in Indonesian: Bola
ball in Italian: Palla (sport)
ball in Hebrew: כדור משחק
ball in Latin: Pila
ball in Lithuanian: Kamuolys
ball in Malay (macrolanguage): Bola
ball in Dutch: Bal (voorwerp)
ball in Japanese: ボール
ball in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ball
ball in Polish: Piłka
ball in Portuguese: Bola
ball in Quechua: Piluta
ball in Russian: Игры с мячом
ball in Sicilian: Badda
ball in Simple English: Ball
ball in Silesian: Bala
ball in Slovenian: Žoga
ball in Finnish: Pallo (peliväline)
ball in Swedish: Boll
ball in Tamil: பந்து
ball in Turkish: Top (spor)
ball in Buginese: ᨁᨚᨒᨚ
ball in Ukrainian: М'яч
ball in Contenese: 波
ball in Chinese: 球 (運動)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Kaffeeklatsch, action, agate, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, bal, bal costume, bal masque, ball bearing, balloon, bar shot, barn dance, baseball, baseball bat, basketball, bat, battledore, bauble, be intimate, bead, big time, bird shot, bladder, blob, blocks, blowout, boll, bolus, bowl, brawl, bubble, buckshot, bulb, bulbil, bulblet, bullet, cannon shot, cannonball, case shot, caucus, checkerboard, chessboard, clew, clot, club, cockhorse, cocktail party, coffee klatch, cohabit, colloquium, come together, commission, commit adultery, committee, conclave, concourse, conglobulate, congregation, congress, conventicle, convention, convocation, copulate, costume party, council, country dance, couple, cover, cricket bat, crossbar shot, cue, dance, date, diddle, diet, dinner, dinner party, discus, doll, doll carriage, donation party, duck shot, dumdum bullet, egg, eisteddfod, ejecta, ejectamenta, ellipsoid, ensphere, entertainment, expanding bullet, fancy-dress ball, festivity, fete, football, forgathering, fornicate, forum, frig, fun, fun and games, funmaking, game, garden party, gathering, geoid, get-together, gewgaw, gimcrack, globe, globelet, globoid, globule, glomerulus, gob, gobbet, golf club, good time, grape, grapeshot, great fun, handball, have sex, have sexual relations, hen party, high old time, high time, hobbyhorse, hop, house party, house-raising, housewarming, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw, knickknack, knob, knot, langrel shot, laughs, lawn party, lay, levee, lie with, lovely time, make it with, make love, make out, manstopping bullet, marble, marionette, mask, masked ball, masque, masquerade, masquerade ball, masquerade party, mate, meet, meeting, mig, missile, mixer, mothball, mount, mushroom, oblate spheroid, orb, orbit, orblet, oval, ovoid, panel, paper doll, party, pellet, pick-up sticks, picnic, pill, pinball, pinwheel, play, plaything, pleasant time, plenum, projectile, prolate spheroid, prom, promenade, puppet, pushball, quoit, quorum, racket, rag doll, rally, reception, record hop, rendezvous, rifle ball, rocking horse, rondure, round, round shot, rubber ball, screw, seance, serve, service, session, shell, shindig, shindy, shot, shower, shrapnel, sit-in, sitting, sleep with, slug, smoker, snowball, softball, soiree, sphere, spherify, spheroid, spherule, split shot, sport, square dance, stag, stag dance, stag party, steelie, surprise party, symposium, synod, taw, tea dance, teetotum, tetherball, the dansant, top, toy, toy soldier, trajectile, trinket, turnout, volleyball, wad, whiffle ball, whim-wham
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