- a solid, usually spherical projectile for a cannon, rifle, pistol, etc., as distinguished from a shell.
- projectiles, especially bullets, collectively.
Idioms about 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
Other definitions for ball (2 of 3)
Origin of ball2
Other definitions for ball (3 of 3)
How to use ball in a sentence
Drake extended the ball across the goal line and lost possession of it as his arm and the ball hit the turf.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Ball and D’Angelo Russell are both creative playmakers and poor defenders who don’t bring much to the table when they move off the ball.
Oubre is a capable starter, but he can’t replicate Thompson’s elite shooting and on-ball defense.
If you’re thinking about your stance and your footwork, by the time the ball gets snapped, you’re going to get beat.Washington is now down to its fourth option at left tackle: Right tackle Morgan Moses|Nicki Jhabvala|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
On a Zoom call that lasted for almost two hours, Matalon warned him to not talk over the snap of the ball or referees announcing penalties, and to stay away from vague references to jargon like “cover-two” without explaining what they mean.Inside Aqib Talib’s ‘raw’ but ‘real’ NFL announcing debut|Les Carpenter|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
So he and his partner, Zack Simpson, did what they do so well: started spit-balling some game theory around politics.
Yezidis play a sort of basketball game here, balling cloth up and tossing it onto the top of the mound.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were sort of spit-balling off of each other to find out who Anna was.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More|Andrew Romano|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Spit-balling from weeds identified only by a screen name is just, well...so Republican.
The "balling" of this sponge into three loaves is a task that occupies from ten to fifteen minutes.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
They did not fall in love with him, nor he with them, but a morning was spent very pleasantly in snow-balling in the back garden.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
Then somebody threw a snow-ball, and in a trice the entire crowd were snow-balling Ferris as furiously as they could.The Missing Tin Box|Arthur M. Winfield
Several of our attendants dismounted and began a snow-balling match,—a wintry scene which reminded me of my fatherland.A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy|Ida Pfeiffer
If nothing hinders the balling and shingling, these operations will not consume more than fifteen minutes.
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
Other 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