A solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game
A formal social gathering for dancing
Without moderation or restraint
A bungled or badly carried out task or action; a mess
Testicular discomfort attributed to prolonged sexual arousal without ejaculation.
A European fungus which produces a shiny spherical black fruiting body on dead or dying wood, especially ash
Causing annoyance, revulsion, or boredom
Unrestrained, aggressive, forceful; all-out, ‘full-throttle’.
Have complete control over someone or something
An unlawfully delivered ball, counting one as an extra to the batting side if not otherwise scored from
A game for young children, played by the rules of baseball, in which the ball is not pitched but hit from a stationary tee
A ball pitched outside the strike zone; frequently attributive, especially in bad-ball hitter.
A ball or similar entertainment held in May or (at the University of Cambridge) during May Week.
A previously unused ball, specifically one brought into use in cricket at the beginning of an innings or after a prescribed number of overs, or in tennis after a specified number of games.
A fast or express freight train or truck; (in extended use) anything having a high priority; frequently attributive.
A small ball-shaped confection typically made with cake or biscuit crumbs, chocolate, and rum.
A shot which misses the basket and backboard entirely
The ball, usually a white one, that is to be struck with the cue in snooker, billiards, etc.
A ball batted high into the air
A furry pet animal
A ball pitched so as to pass over the plate below the level of the batter’s knees
A lump of solidified crude oil found in or on the sea, or washed up on shore
A hollow ball of perforated metal to hold tea leaves, over which boiling water is poured in order to make a drink of tea
A stamp mill utilizing a steam hammer, formerly used in the United States for crushing ore.
Irish Mythol. the brain of an enemy slain in combat made into a ball by mixing it with lime and preserved as a trophy.
A ball made of coal dust, for use as fuel (now rare).
(Formerly) a subscription ball held in the county town and attended by the county gentry; (now) a ball held for young farmers in a county.
US a party or social event held at a discotheque (compare ball.
A pitch delivered within the strike zone (now rare).
A ball used for games or recreation. Now chiefly North American: a ball used in a particular match or game, especially one presented after the game as a trophy to a player, coach, etc.
A game in which one player throws a ball against a wall (typically the side of a house) and another strikes it with a bat when it rebounds.
A game traditionally played by North American Indians and considered to be the progenitor of modern lacrosse, played with sticks incorporating a net at one end, by means of which players attempt to drive a ball into the opposing team's goal (now rare).
A ball of the size and standard specified by the rules or laws of a particular sport.
An intertwined mass of male snakes attempting to mate with a single female, usually formed just after they have emerged from hibernation in a communal den.
A marble-sized ball of melon, often used as a garnish or in fruit salads; usually in plural.
A receptacle for musk; a pomander.
A metal ball of a type used as ammunition in a musket.
A pitch that the catcher fails to stop or control, enabling a base runner to advance
A spherical pad covered with untanned sheepskin and used for applying ink to the forme.
Medicine, especially a purgative, in the form of a large round pill or bolus, especially for administration to an animal.
A kind of elongated rifle bullet; = 6.
A metal ball of a type used as ammunition in early pistols.
A small ball of pith (usually from a tree), especially one hanging from a thread in an electroscope, which is attracted or repelled by an electrostatically charged object.
A game similar to rounders in which a ball is hit with the flat of the hand.
Cookery (chiefly in plural) potato shaped into balls, especially mashed potatoes mixed with milk and butter, rolled into balls, and fried.
A rounded mass of iron formed by puddling.
A game for two teams in which each team tries to push a very large ball towards the opponents' goal; the ball used in this game.
A baseball deemed to have a livelier bounce than is usual; a ball that can be easily hit for a long distance.
A ball held in connection with a race meeting.