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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
ball (noun)
1.
a round or roundish body or mass as
a) a spherical or ovoid body used in a game or sport - a tennis ball used figuratively in phrases like the ball is in your court to indicate who has the responsibility or opportunity for further action
b) - earth globe
c) a spherical or conical projectile , also projectiles used in firearms
d) a roundish protuberant anatomical structure (as near the tip of a human finger or toe or at the base of a thumb) , especially the part of the sole of the human foot between the toes and arch on which the main weight of the body rests in normal walking
2.
a) often vulgar - testis
b)
(1) often vulgar - nonsense often used interjectionally
(2) often vulgar - nerve
3.
a game in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or struck , also quality of play in such a game
4.
a) a pitch not swung at by the batter that fails to pass through the strike zone
b) a hit or thrown ball in various games - foul ball
ball (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to form or gather into a ball - balled the paper into a wad
2.
intransitive verb
usually vulgar to have sexual intercourse with
1.
to form or gather into a ball
2.
usually vulgar to engage in sexual intercourse
ball (noun)
1.
a large formal gathering for social dancing
2.
a very pleasant experience a good time - everyone had a ball at the wedding
Ball (biographical name)
John 1381 Eng. priest & social agitator - d
Ball (biographical name)
Lucille (Désirée) 1911–1989 Am. actress & comedienne
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
ball (noun)
1.
a more or less round body or mass
SYNONIMS:
globe, orb, sphere
RELATED WORDS:
bead, globule; egg, ellipse, loop, oval, spheroid; circle, ring, rondure, round; chunk, clump, gob, hunk, lump, nugget, wad
NEAR ANTONYMS:
block, cube, rectangle, square
ball (noun)
2.
a usually round or cone-shaped little piece of lead made to be fired from a firearm
SYNONIMS:
ball, pellet
RELATED WORDS:
ammunition, cannonball, cap, cartridge, charge, dumdum, gunshot, lead, load, missile, pop, projectile, round, shell, shot, slug
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blank
ball (noun)
a social gathering for dancing
SYNONIMS:
ball, cotillion ( cotillon), formal, hop, prom
RELATED WORDS:
blowout, celebration, event, festival, festivity, fete ( fête), gala, masque ( mask), masquerade, mixer, party, reception, shindig, soiree ( soirée); hoedown, square dance
ball (verb)
to form into a round compact mass
SYNONIMS:
agglomerate, ball, roll, round
RELATED WORDS:
bunch, clump, lump; bead, pearl, pellet, pelletize; sphere
NEAR ANTONYMS:
flatten, open, smooth, spread, unfold
unroll
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