WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ball1 /bɔl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a round body;
    sphere:a ball of yarn.
  2. [countable] a round body for use in games, as baseball or golf.
  3. Games[uncountable] a game played with a ball, esp. baseball or softball.
  4. Military[countable] a bullet or a solid round object shot from a gun or cannon.
  5. [countable] a part of the human body that is rounded:the ball of the thumb.

  1. to form into a ball : [ + obj]:balled her fists and glared at him.[no obj ] :Snow balled on the dog's paws.
  2. ball up, to make into a mess;
    confuse: [ + up + obj]:really balled up the assignment.[ + obj + up]:balled it up badly.
  1. on the ball: 
    • [ be + ~] paying attention;
      alert:really on the ball when you spotted that mistake.
    • [ have + a lot + ~]intelligence and ability:Your daughter has a lot on the ball.
  2. play ball, to work together;
    cooperate:If I refuse to play ball, they'll get someone who will.

ball2 /bɔl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a large, formal party featuring social dancing.
  1. have a ball, Informal. to have a good time.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ball1  (bôl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a spherical or approximately spherical body or shape;
    sphere:He rolled the piece of paper into a ball.
  2. a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for use in games, as baseball, football, tennis, or golf.
  3. a game played with a ball, esp. baseball:The boys are out playing ball.
  4. Sport[Baseball.]a pitched ball, not swung at by the batter, that does not pass over home plate between the batter's shoulders and knees.
  5. Military
    • a solid, usually spherical projectile for a cannon, rifle, pistol, etc., as distinguished from a shell.
    • projectiles, esp. bullets, collectively.
  6. any part of a thing, esp. of the human body, that is rounded or protuberant:the ball of the thumb.
  7. a round mass of food, as of chopped meat, dough, or candy.
  8. Slang Terms(vulgar). a testis.
  9. Slang Termsballs, Slang (vulgar).
    • boldness;
    • nonsense (often used as an interjection).
  10. bolus (def. 1).
  11. Botany[Hort.]a compact mass of soil covering the roots of an uprooted tree or other plant.
  12. [Literary.]a planetary or celestial body, esp. the earth.
  13. Mathematics(in a metric space) the set of points whose distance from the zero element is less than, or less than or equal to, a specified number.
  14. Idiomscarry the ball, to assume the responsibility;
    bear the burden:You can always count on him to carry the ball in an emergency.
  15. Idiomsdrop the ball, to make a mistake or miss an opportunity at a critical moment.
  16. Idiomskeep the ball rolling, to continue or give renewed vigor to an activity already under way:When their interest lagged, he tried to keep the ball rolling.
  17. Idiomson the ball: 
    • alert and efficient or effective:If you don't get on the ball, you'll be fired.
    • indicating intelligence or ability:The tests show your students don't have much on the ball. The new manager has a lot on the ball.
  18. Idiomsplay ball: 
    • to begin or continue playing a game.
    • to start or continue any action.
    • to work together;
      cooperate:union leaders suspected of playing ball with racketeers.
  19. Idiomsrun with the ball, to assume responsibility or work enthusiastically:If management approves the concept, we'll run with the ball.
  20. Idiomsstart the ball rolling, to put into operation;
    begin:The recreation director started the ball rolling by having all the participants introduce themselves.

  1. to make into a ball (sometimes fol. by up):The children were balling up snow to make a snowman.
  2. to wind into balls:to ball cotton.
  3. Slang Terms(vulgar). to have sexual intercourse with.

  1. to form or gather into a ball:When the spun sugar balls, the candy has cooked sufficiently.
  2. Slang Terms(vulgar). to have sexual intercourse.
  3. Slang Terms, Idiomsball the jack: 
    • to act with speed.
    • to stake everything on one attempt.
  4. Slang Termsball up, to make or become utterly confused;
    muddle:The records had been all balled up by inefficient file clerks.
baller, n. 
  • Gmc *ballaz; compare Old Norse bǫllr, Old High German bal, ballo, balla, German Ball, Dutch bal; perh. akin to Latin follis leather bag; see ballock
  • Old French
  • Middle English bal, balle 1175–1225

ball2  (bôl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a large, usually lavish, formal party featuring social dancing and sometimes given for a particular purpose, as to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization.
  2. Informal Termsa thoroughly good time:Have a ball on your vacation!
  • Greek (Magna Graecia) ballízein to dance
  • Late Latin ballāre
  • French bal, noun, nominal derivative of baler (now baller) to dance
  • 1625–35

Ball  (bôl),USA pronunciation n. 
    George W(ild•man)  (wīldmən),USA pronunciation born 1909, U.S. lawyer, investment banker, and government official.
  1. BiographicalJohn, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler's peasants' revolt in 1381.
  2. BiographicalLucille, 1911–89, U.S. actress.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
Ball, +n. 
  • BiographicalLucille, 1911–89, U.S. actress.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    ball /bɔːl/ n
    1. a spherical or nearly spherical body or mass
    2. a round or roundish body, either solid or hollow, of a size and composition suitable for any of various games: football, golf, billiards, etc
    3. a ball propelled in a particular way in a sport: a high ball
    4. any of various rudimentary games with a ball: to play ball
    5. a single delivery of the ball by the bowler to the batsman
    6. a single delivery of the ball by a pitcher outside certain limits and not swung at by the batter
    7. a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearm
      Compare shell
    8. such projectiles collectively
    9. any more or less rounded part or protuberance: the ball of the foot
    10. slang a testicle
      See balls
    11. another word for bolus
    12. the hard mass of roots and earth removed with the rest of the plant during transplanting
    13. ball of muscleAustral a very strong, fit, or forceful person
    14. have the ball at one's feetto have the chance of doing something
    15. keep the ball rollingto maintain the progress of a project, plan, etc
    16. on the ballinformal alert; informed
    17. play ballinformal to cooperate
    18. set the ball rolling, start the ball rollingto open or initiate (an action, discussion, movement, etc)
    19. the ball is in your courtyou are obliged to make the next move
    1. (transitive) to make, form, wind, etc, into a ball or balls: to ball wool
    2. (intransitive) to gather into a ball or balls
    3. taboo slang chiefly US to copulate (with)
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse böllr; related to Old High German balla, Italian palla French balle
    Sense 9 of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

    ball /bɔːl/ n
    1. a social function for dancing, esp one that is lavish or formal
    2. informal a very enjoyable time (esp in the phrase have a ball)
    Etymology: 17th Century: from French bal (n), from Old French baller (vb), from Late Latin ballāre to dance, from Greek ballizein

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    Collocations: ball up [your socks, the clothes, the paper], a [golf, tennis, beach, rugby, bowling] ball, still in this ball game, more...

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