- 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 balls (2 of 2)
Origin of ball2
Examples from the Web for balls
Does he have the balls to run again after someone resigns over ethical issues?
Hell, one of the Dixie Chicks even offered to Uber her balls over to the company.Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack|Marlow Stern|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies|Ina Garten|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He praised Snowden for having the “balls” to expose the crimes of the NSA.The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing|Eli Lake|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the bases loaded, the ultimately rational Palmer always throws every pitch at a corner--even with three balls on the batter.
Allow to boil until the balls are well set, turning them over that both sides may get done.The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book|Thomas R. Allinson
The print of a normal foot shows only the heel, the lateral border of the foot, and the balls and tips of the toes.
On the other hand, a falling of the balls will lengthen the cut-off through the same mechanism.Steam Engines|Anonymous
Care must be used in measuring the rice—too much will cause the balls to fall to pieces.Stevenson Memorial Cook Book|Various
Each man let the first two balls pass him and made Adams pitch himself to the limit to every batter.Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
British Dictionary definitions for balls (1 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for balls (3 of 4)
- a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearmCompare shell (def. 6)
- such projectiles collectively
Word Origin for ball
British Dictionary definitions for balls (4 of 4)
Word Origin for ball
Medicine definitions for balls
Idioms and Phrases with balls
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