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Definition of Ball

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object with a spherical shape; round toy used in games such as baseball and basketball; game of baseball; formal dance; (Vulgar Slang) testis, testicle
make into a ball; form into a ball; mess up; hump, engage in sexual intercourse (Vulgar Slang)
family name; nickname used for a bald man
Ball Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Dance Terminology
May also be done as a Heel, Ball, Change. ex: 1 -

Kick
forward right & - Step down on
ball
of right 2 -
Change
weight to left
Ball Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
  
(v. t.)
To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  
(v. i.)
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.
  
(n.)
The globe or earth.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  
(n.)
A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  
(n.)
A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  
(n.)
A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  
(n.)
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cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
  
(n.)
A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  
(n.)
A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  
(n.)
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.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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ball
\ball\, n. (baseball) 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.
ball
\ball\ (b&add;l), n. [oe. bal, balle; akin to ohg. balla, palla, g. ball, icel. b?llr, ball; cf. f. balle. cf. 1st bale, n., pallmall.]
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. (pyrotechnics & mil.) 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. (print.) 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. (far.) a large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
9. the globe or earth. move round the dark terrestrial ball.
ball
and socket joint, a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits.
ball
bearings, a mechanical device for lessening the friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal balls.
ball
cartridge, a cartridge containing a ball, as distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only powder.
ball
cock, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of a lever.
ball
gudgeon, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining the pivot in its socket.
ball
lever, the lever used in a ball cock.
ball
of the eye, the eye itself, as distinguished from its lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.
ball
valve (mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a valve.
ball
vein (mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.


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The Phrase Finder
Meaning
Colloquial British term meaning wife.
Origin
The allusion being to the presumption that a man's wife held him back from doing the things he really wanted to.
Meaning
Fast - at full throttle.
Origin
Not related to testicles as you might think. Possibly the balls are the knobs on aircraft joy sticks. Pushing them as far as they can go, i.e. against the wall of the plane, caused it to go as fast as possible.
Meaning
A dangerous position from which it is unlikely one can escape.
Origin
From a version of the game of pool. The balls are numbered and must be potted in order. The game is forfeited if a player's cue ball hits the (black) eight ball first. A 'behind the eight ball' position leaves a player in imminent danger of losing.
Meaning
Very cold weather conditions.
Origin
Uncertain origin.
Some references say that the brass triangles that supported stacks of iron cannonballs on sailing ships were called monkeys and that in cold weather, as brass contracts more than iron, the triangles contracted sufficiently for the balls to fall off.
No one has been able to provide evidence that such devices were called monkeys, or even that they existed.
The Royal Navy records that, on their ships at least, planks with circular holes were used to store cannonballs. Also, a little geometry shows that a pyramid of balls will topple over if the base is tilted by more than 30 degrees. This movement is commonplace on sailing ships and it just isn't plausible that cannonballs were stacked this way.
If we discount all of the above and for the sake of argument assume that the contraction of a brass triangle would cause a stack of balls to fall over, science comes to the rescue again. The coefficient of expansion of brass is 0.000019; that of iron is 0.000012. If the base of the stack were one metre long the drop in temperature needed to make the 'monkey' shrink relative to the balls by a millimetre, would be around 100 degrees Celcius. It is hardly credible that amount of change would have the slightest effect. In any case in weather like that the sailors would probably have better things to think about.
I don't know what a nautical version of an urban myth is called, but whatever it is this story warrants its use.
Meaning
The next move is up to you.
Origin
From tennis, where you must play the ball back to the opponent's court whenever it comes into yours.
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Irish Gaelic words and phrases
member, piece(of furniture or clothing), instument, place
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
liathróid f.
(hurling) ball: sliotar m.
English Phonetics

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Ball = n. erruption; plague
Blifyn = n. a ball, a bullet
Eraint = n. a ball; a cup; a pear
Human = n. a tennis ball
Pel = n. a moving body; a ball
Peled = n. a ball, a bullet
Pelen = n. a little ball; bullet; pill
Pellen = n. a round mass, ball
Australian Slang
1) testicle: “kicked smack-bang in the left ball”; 2) (of a man) to have intercourse with (someone); 3) (plural n.) a) courage, moral strength; b) testicles; c) exclamation of repudiation, ridicule, etc.
wife
person who is very healthy and in good spirits
railway line
something extremely good or dynamic: "a ball-tearer of a book"
enthusiastically; aggressively
confusion arising from a mistake; a mess; mistake itself; bring to a state of hopeless confusion or difficulty
Rubbish! Nonsence!
aggressive in a masculine way
a wall
cricket: full toss which goes towards the head of the person batting
cricket: full toss which goes towards the head of the person at bat
in an awkward or disadvantageous position
(pl. n.) painful, temporary condition of the testicles which may follow a long period of unrelieved sexual arousal
cold!
(derogatory) despicable person
(of a man) to become infatuated with (someone)
(cricket) maiden ball (so called from being marked with a dot on the scoring sheet)
be alert
greatly impress someone
1. (racist) person of Mediterranean or Latin-American origin; 2. person with greased or slicked-back hair
have (someone) in one's power
show a lot of determination
(pl. n.) painful, temporary condition of the testicles which may follow a long period of unrelieved sexual arousal
(derogatory) the wife
cooperate
pimple
(cricket) ball aimed at the feet of the person batting
unpleasant person
not very bright and quick
great blow job
shit and shit
very cold
be obvious
1) be very obvious; 2) not fit, be out of place
(cricket) delivery that doesn't bounce but stays low
terrible mistake; every things gone all wrong
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
to leave
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
(synonym) Lucille Ball
(hypernym) actress

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"
(hypernym) game equipment
(hyponym) baseball
2. a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
(synonym) musket ball
(hypernym) shot, pellet
3. an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
(synonym) globe, orb
(hypernym) sphere
(hyponym) crystal ball
4. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"
(hypernym) dance
(part-meronym) promenade
5. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
(synonym) testis, testicle, orchis, ballock, bollock, nut, egg
(hypernym) male reproductive gland
(hyponym) cobblers
(part-holonym) male reproductive system
(part-meronym) testicular artery, internal spermatic artery, arteria testicularis
6. a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
(hypernym) plaything, toy
(hyponym) beach ball
7. a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
(synonym) clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk
(hypernym) agglomeration
(hyponym) clot, coagulum
8. a lavish formal dance
(hypernym) dance
(hyponym) cotillion, cotilion
9. 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"
(hypernym) structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure
(part-holonym) sole
10. 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!"
(synonym) baseball, baseball game
(hypernym) ball game, ballgame
(hyponym) daisy cutter
(class) away, outside
11. a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"
(hypernym) pitch, delivery

Verb
1. form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool"
(hypernym) wind, wrap, roll, twine
Ball Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Railroad-Related Terms
The head of the rail
Cotton Textile Industry Glossary of Terms
See WARP BALL.
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
BALL CORP
Exchange: NYSE
Produces metal, glass and plastic packaging products, such as beverage containers, food containers and other containers; Provides protective and decorative coatings to steel and aluminum sheets; Produces plastic sheets; Researches and develops spacecraft navigation and sensor equipment, cooling devices and other aerospace products; Produces
Ball Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
UK Post Codes and Counties
County:  Shropshire
Post Code: SY10
Ball Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
A very satisfactory omen, if beautiful and gaily-dressed people are dancing to the strains of entrancing music. If you feel gloomy and distressed at the inattention of others, a death in the family may be expected soon.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Ball Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
See Ball and spring , Ball bearing , Ball joint , and Ball joint rocker arm ,
ICAO aircraft designation codes
(ANY MANUFACTURER) Balloons - -
Ball Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
BALL is computer software consisting of the versatile C++ class framework BALL (Biochemical Algorithms Library), a library of algorithms and data structures for molecular modelling and computational structural bioinformatics, a Python interface to this library and an open source graphical interface to BALL, the molecule viewer BALLView.

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A ball is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players. In the context of sports, "ball" need not refer to a spherical object, as is the case in American football. Balls can also be used for simpler activities, such as catch, marbles and juggling. Balls made from hard-wearing materials are used in engineering applications to provide very low friction bearings, known as ball bearings. Black-powder weapons use stone and metal balls as projectiles.

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Ball Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
NBA
The basketball is 9 ½ inches in diameter and weighs 20 to 22 ounces.
Baseball
A pitch outside the strike zone.
Worldgolf
The round object which we attempt to hit into the hole. Prior to the 17th century it was made of wood or wool in a leather cover. After the 17th century feathers were boiled and compressed, then sewn in a leather cover. It continued to evolve to a solid gutta percha (or a mixture with gutta percha other substances) in the 1850's and strip rubber wound around a core in the 1900's. Presently made of solid compressed synthetic rubber with hundreds of surface indentations which aid in the flight of the ball.
Ball Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Cocktails
1 part amaretto
1 part orange juice
1/2 part vodka

serve in highball glass
1 1/2 oz. amaretto
fill with club soda
splash of orange juice

serve in highball glass
Ball Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
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