- a solid, usually spherical projectile for a cannon, rifle, pistol, etc., as distinguished from a shell.
- projectiles, especially bullets, collectively.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for ball
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM ballball·er, noun
Words nearby ball
Definition for ball (2 of 3)
Origin of ball2
Definition for ball (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for ball
A ball on a football field will have more possible future positions than a ball traveling along rails, for example.How special relativity can help AI predict the future|Will Heaven|August 28, 2020|MIT Technology Review
When he wasn’t putting the ball in the bucket himself, Dončić found time to snag seven rebounds, dish out nine dimes and snag three steals.Monster Games In The NBA Playoffs Aren’t Automatically Translating To Wins|Jared Dubin|August 26, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Microbes huddled in the heart of balls of Deinococcus bacteria as thin as five sheets of paper have survived on the exterior of the International Space Station for three years, researchers report August 26 in Frontiers in Microbiology.If bacteria band together, they can survive for years in space|Jonathan Lambert|August 26, 2020|Science News
Minor League Baseball plans to soon begin using TrackMan to call balls and strikes for its games.A robot referee can really keep its ‘eye’ on the ball|Kathryn Hulick|August 20, 2020|Science News For Students
In this area, small planetary objects hang out while warming up and transitioning from outer solar system ice balls to inner solar system comets with their long tails.In a first, astronomers spotted a space rock turning into a comet|Lisa Grossman|August 18, 2020|Science News
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
usage for ball
British Dictionary definitions for ball (2 of 3)
Word Origin for ball
British Dictionary definitions for ball (3 of 3)
Medical 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