- 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
Definition for ball (2 of 3)
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Example sentences from the Web for ball
But the legislators who ostensibly represent them are cowards, kittens, balled up in the corner.
Kaneswaran balled his fist but seemed unsure how to respond.
Coxine spun around, balled his fists into tight knots, and shook them at the three cadets.On the Trail of the Space Pirates|Carey Rockwell
Here was I, a feller who had spent considable time around mines, and yet had got all balled up over seein things underground.Friar Tuck|Robert Alexander Wason
For a solid ten seconds the farmer frowned; then his eyebrows raised and his balled fists unclenched.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
The snow fell in balled up masses, and light absolutely disappeared so far as any ability to fix its source existed.The Red River Half-Breed|Gustave Aimard
For the first time I understood the phrase, to be 'all balled up.'A Woman Tenderfoot|Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for ball (1 of 3)
- a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearmCompare shell (def. 6)
- such projectiles collectively
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British Dictionary definitions for ball (2 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for ball (3 of 3)
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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