- a solid, usually spherical projectile for a cannon, rifle, pistol, etc., as distinguished from a shell.
- projectiles, especially bullets, collectively.
- boldness; courage; brashness.
- nonsense (often used as an interjection).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to act with speed.
- to stake everything on one attempt.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of ball1
Related formsball·er, noun
Definition for ball (2 of 3)
Origin of ball2
Definition for ball (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for ball
One of the kids had a ball in his hand, and Cuomo took it and tossed it back and forth to an eight year old.
Instead of going for the hole, I hit the ball directly into the water.
If the ball gets in the hole, the screen shifts to reveal the next hole.
An arrow appears indicating the direction you will launch your ball.
If the ball goes off the screen, it teleports back to the starting position.
But it was too late: the finger had pulled the trigger and the ball sped true.To Leeward|F. Marion Crawford
An Army man tackled me on their 25-yard line, after I had taken the ball down the field for nearly a touchdown.Football Days|William H. Edwards
A brisk trade was soon opened; the articles in greatest request being powder and ball.
Mr. Brandon raised his hand, and a ball of bunting at the topmast fluttered out into the Cross of St. George.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times|Charles Carleton Coffin
After the dance had continued about an hour, the two ladies, who were apprehensive of catching cold, moved to break up the ball.The Vicar of Wakefield|Oliver Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for ball (1 of 3)
- a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearmCompare shell (def. 6)
- such projectiles collectively
Word Origin for ball
British Dictionary definitions for ball (2 of 3)
Word Origin for ball
British Dictionary definitions for ball (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for ball
Idioms and Phrases with ball
In addition to the idioms beginning with ball
- ball and chain
- ball of fire
- ball up
- behind the eight ball
- break one's balls
- by the balls
- carry the ball
- crystal ball
- drop the ball
- eyeball to eyeball
- get the ball rolling
- have a ball
- have one's eye on the ball
- have someone by the balls
- on the ball
- play ball
- put in mothballs
- snowball's chance in hell
- that's how the ball bounces
- whole ball of wax