no ball

noun Cricket.

an unfairly bowled ball.

Origin of no ball

First recorded in 1740–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for no-ball



cricket an illegal ball, as for overstepping the crease, throwing, etc, for which the batting side scores a run, and from which the batsman can be out only by being run out
rounders an illegal ball, esp one bowled too high or too low

sentence substitute

cricket rounders a call by the umpire indicating a no-ball


(tr) cricket (of an umpire)
  1. to declare (a bowler) to have bowled a no-ball
  2. to declare (a delivery) to be a no-ball
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