- 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)
Origin of ball2
Definition for ball (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for ball
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
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
Balls may be given with the "balling gun" (obtainable at any veterinary instrument maker's) or by the hand.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
What a d—d night it is; the snow will be balling in our nags' feet, and leave a track for a blind man to follow.The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 2|Johannes Scotus
He wanted to punch me because I called him down for balling up a play in signal drill.Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour
Now roll these up in the hands, "balling" them well, and hold over candle (or a Stodare egg can be used, making all safe).Peerless Prestidigitation|Herbert De Caston
I tried to find out if they'd put anyone into the apartment, but Balling sobered up a bit by that time and shut down on the talk.Out of the Ashes|Ethel Watts Mumford
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