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ball1 British & World English

A solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game

ball2 British & World English

A formal social gathering for dancing

-ball British & World English

Used in various derogatory terms as an intensifier

Ball, John British & World English

(D.1381), English rebel. Ball was a priest who preached an egalitarian social message. He was excommunicated and imprisoned for heresy, and following the Peasants' Revolt was hanged as a traitor

Ball, Lucille British & World English

(1911–89), American comedienne, known in particular for the popular television series I Love Lucy (1951-5)

no-ball British & World English

An unlawfully delivered ball, counting one as an extra to the batting side if not otherwise scored from

air ball British & World English

A shot which misses the basket and backboard entirely

play ball in ball1 British & World English

Work willingly with others; cooperate

play ball British & World English

Work willingly with others; cooperate

ball clay British & World English

A fine-textured clay used in the manufacture of ceramics

ball game British & World English

A game played with a ball

ball race British & World English

Either of the components of a ball bearing that have ring-shaped grooves in which the balls run

best ball British & World English

The better score at a hole of two or more players competing as a team

cue ball British & World English

The ball, usually a white one, that is to be struck with the cue in snooker, billiards, etc.

dead ball British & World English

(In ball games) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play

foul ball British & World English

A ball struck so that it falls outside the lines drawn from home plate down to the first and third bases

free ball British & World English

The option to nominate any ball as the object ball when snookered as a result of a foul stroke

fly ball British & World English

A ball batted high into the air

half-ball British & World English

A stroke in which the centre of the cue ball is aimed at the edge of the object ball

palm ball British & World English

A baseball pitch in which the ball is released from the palm and thumb rather than the fingers

long ball British & World English

(In sport) a ball that is hit, kicked, or thrown a long way

root ball British & World English

The mass formed by the roots of a plant and the soil surrounding them

spot ball British & World English

One of two white cue balls, distinguished from the other by two black spots

sour ball British & World English

A hard candy, especially a jawbreaker, with a sour flavor

smut ball British & World English

A grain of wheat or another cereal affected by smut

tee-ball British & World English

A game for young children, played by the rules of baseball, in which the ball is not pitched but hit from a stationary tee

tar ball British & World English

A lump of solidified crude oil found in or on the sea, or washed up on shore

tea ball British & World English

A hollow ball of perforated metal to hold tea leaves, over which boiling water is poured in order to make a drink of tea

time ball British & World English

A timepiece consisting of a sphere which at a certain moment each day is allowed to fall down a vertical rod

jump ball British & World English

A ball put in play by the referee, who throws it up between two opposing players

golf ball British & World English

A small hard ball used in the game of golf, typically made of dimpled white latex

ball float British & World English

The spherical float attached to a hinged arm in the ballcock of a water cistern

ball-shaped British & World English

Spherical like a ball

ball-tearer British & World English

Something outstanding of its kind

ball valve British & World English

A one-way valve that is opened and closed by pressure on a ball which fits into a cup-shaped opening

beach ball British & World English

A large inflatable ball used for playing games on the beach

eight ball British & World English

A variety of the game of pool

earth ball British & World English

A fungus that forms a leathery yellowish-brown warty sphere which ruptures when mature to release the spores, growing typically on acid sandy soil in both Eurasia and North America

gazing ball British & World English

A sphere made from a reflective material such as mirrored glass, typically mounted on a stand and used as a lawn or garden ornament

ground ball British & World English

A ball hit along the ground

gopher ball British & World English

A pitch that is hit for a home run

gutter ball British & World English

(In tenpin bowling) a nonscoring ball that enters the gutter before reaching the pins

matzo ball British & World English

A small dumpling made of seasoned matzo meal bound together with egg and chicken fat, typically served in chicken soup

masked ball British & World English

A ball at which participants wear masks to conceal their faces

passed ball British & World English

A pitch that the catcher fails to stop or control, enabling a base runner to advance

object ball British & World English

The ball at which a player aims the cue ball

stoop ball British & World English

A ball game resembling baseball in which the ball is thrown against a building rather than to a batter

smoke ball British & World English

A projectile filled with material which emits dense smoke on ignition, used to conceal military operations


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