Ball - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word ball
Brit.  |bɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word ball


- 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
- a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball
- an object with a spherical shape (syn: globe, orb)
a ball of fire
- the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded
- one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens (syn: egg, nut, orchis, testicle)
she kicked him in the balls and got away
- a spherical object used as a plaything
he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub
- United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
- a compact mass (syn: chunk, clod, clump, glob, lump)
a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder
- a lavish dance requiring formal attire (syn: formal)
- a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass
the ball at the base of the thumb
he stood on the balls of his feet
- a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs (syn: baseball)
he played baseball in high school
there was a baseball game on every empty lot
there was a desire for National League ball in the area
play ball!
- a pitch that is not in the strike zone
he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him


- form into a ball by winding or rolling
ball wool

Extra examples

I stood up quickly and balled my hands into fists.

He balled the letter in his hands and threw it in the trash.

Children like to ball mud up in their hands.

He balled up the letter and threw it into the wastepaper basket.

Weiskopf hit the ball 330 yards and a cheer went up.

Shape the dough into balls.

D'you want to go out and play ball?

Dad likes college ball.

Ray balled up his fists.

The ball rolled between the desk and the wall.

The quarterback downed the ball to stop the clock.

The ball rolled under the car.

Touching the ball with your hands is against the rules.

The ball hit me right in the face.

The forward headed the ball into the goal.

Phrasal verbs

ball up  — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Word forms

I/you/we/they: ball
he/she/it: balls
present participle: balling
past tense: balled
past participle: balled
singular: ball
plural: balls
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