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Definition of Ball


  1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  4. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.
  5. A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
  6. A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
  7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  8. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  9. The globe or earth.
  10. To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
  11. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
  12. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  13. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  14. A pitched ball, not struck at by the batsman, which fails to pass over the home base at a height not greater than the batsman's shoulder nor less than his knee.
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Ball Translations

ball in Afrikaans is bal
ball in Danish is bold, bal
ball in Dutch is danspartij, bal
ball in Finnish is tanssiaiset, pallo
ball in German is Kugel, Kugel, Ball {m}, Ball
ball in Italian is pallone, palla
ball in Norwegian is ball
ball in Portuguese is esfera
ball in Spanish is pelota
ball in Swedish is klot, nystan, kula, bal, boll