|1.||[ noun ] (games) 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"
|Related terms:||game_equipment football baseball marble roulette_ball medicine_ball field_hockey_ball croquet_ball pool_ball rugby_ball bowl bocce_ball golf_ball handball bowling_ball ninepin_ball ping-pong_ball polo_ball lacrosse_ball punching_bag wiffle cricket_ball soccer_ball softball squash_ball racquetball tennis_ball volleyball billiard_ball basketball|
|2.||[ noun ] (arms) a solid ball shot by a musket|
"they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
|3.||[ noun ] any object with a spherical shape|
"a ball of fire"
|Related terms:||sphere spherule fireball mothball crystal_ball globule time-ball pellet bolus fireball conglobate|
|4.||[ noun ] (dance) a lavish formal dance|
"she was the loveliest girl at the ball"
|Related terms:||dance dance cotillion masked_ball prom promenade|
|5.||[ noun ] (dance) the people assembled at a lavish formal dance|
"the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
|Related terms:||dance promenade|
|6.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology,sexuality) one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens|
|Synonyms:||testicle testis orchis ballock bollock egg gonad nut|
"she kicked him in the balls and got away"
|Related terms:||male_reproductive_gland gonad endocrine_gland undescended_testis cobblers male_reproductive_system male_genitalia vas_deferens spermatic_cord epididymis rete_testis seminiferous_tubule testicular_vein testicular_artery|
|7.||[ noun ] a spherical object used as a plaything|
"he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
|Related terms:||plaything snowball beach_ball|
|8.||[ verb ] form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for example|
|9.||[ noun ] (baseball,sport,games) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run|
|Synonyms:||baseball baseball_game ball_game|
"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "play ball!"
|Related terms:||ball_game field_game three-hitter no-hit_game daisy_cutter one-hitter rounders perfect_game four-hitter steal professional_baseball softball hardball five-hitter stickball two-hitter pitching error pitch batting grounder plunk liner bunt fielding fly catching base_hit fair_ball out baseball_play tag foul pitcher catcher hit walk bat ballplayer pitching home_plate walk base_on_balls single mound baseball_diamond major_league shortstop outfielder drive_in pitch pop batter fan out steal minor_league error right-handed_pitcher batting_average double batting blast fastball ballpark base_runner batting_coach ball_game first_baseman base_hit second_baseman liner batting_average fielding_average foul plunk fumble fielding ground_out bunt bunt bounce_out triple fly aboard bat strike_out grounder tag nab pinch_hitter infielder wind_up run_bases no-hit ball-hawking hitless batting_order third_baseman assist farm_team putout catching cut_down starting_pitcher bat_boy pitching_coach die backstop catch bear_down fumble sacrifice closer triple_crown screwballer fair retire foul in-bounds fly foul connect tag texas_leaguer pull ground ground flare shoestring_catch fair_ball bat submarine switch-hit bat safe triple-crown put_out whiff baseball_equipment backstop ground_rule cleanup baseball_coach lead baseball_play strikeout out away|
|10.||[ noun ] (performing arts) United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)|
|Related terms:||actress comedienne|
|11.||[ noun ] a compact mass|
|Synonyms:||chunk clod lump clump glob|
"a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
|Related terms:||agglomeration clot clew gob collocate|
|12.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) 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"
|Related terms:||structure hand sole|
|13.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 320|
|14.||[ noun ] (baseball) a pitch that is not in the strike zone|
"he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"