- 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (in baseball, golf) pelota (feminine), bola (feminine); (in basketball, football) pelota (feminine) (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) , balón (masculine) (especially Spain/especialmente España) ; (in billiards, croquet) bola (feminine) fast/low/easy ball pelota or bola rápida/baja/fácil the ball is in his/your court le corresponde a él/te corresponde a ti dar el próximo paso to be on the ball [colloquial/familiar] andar* con cuatro ojos [colloquial/familiar], ser* muy espabilado to carry the ball (American English/inglés norteamericano) llevar la batuta or la voz cantante to drop o fumble the ball (lit: in US football) (American English/inglés norteamericano) fumblear you know he won't drop o fumble the ball ya sabes que no nos va a fallar to set o start/keep the ball rolling poner*/mantener* las cosas en marcha or en movimientoMore example sentences
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- In those days we were just a bunch of street kids playing cricket with a tennis ball and practising drop kicks over the telephone wires.
- It was a little dangerous as we were worried that our oldest son might kick the soccer ball over the wire and set off the alarms.
- Coaches end up teaching the teens how to kick a soccer ball, leap hurdles or swing a bat.
More example sentences1.2 (delivery by pitcher) bola (feminine)
- He lacks discipline at the plate and can often look bad swinging at balls outside the strike zone.
- Jimmy threw the next two pitches outside for balls.
- A lefthanded hitter, he has shown good power, aggressively attacking balls in the strike zone.
- It could be frustrating for Rooney to go from Beckham dropping accurate balls over his shoulder to Everton players delivering wayward passes.
- He is inspirational in the heart of midfield, slipping intelligent balls through to the strikers, and possess a fearsome shot.
- He pounced on a loose ball to and passed to Duff who fed it through to Hasselbaink inside the penalty area.
- 2 uncountable/no numerable 2.1 (American English/inglés norteamericano) (baseball) béisbol (masculine) 2.2 (game) to play ball (with sb) (lit: play game) jugar* a la pelota (con algn) he wouldn't play ball with the police [colloquial/familiar] no quiso colaborar or cooperar con la policía we tried to persuade him but he wouldn't play ball [colloquial/familiar] intentamos convencerlo, pero no quiso saber de nada
- 3 3.1 countable/numerable (round mass) bola (feminine); (of string, wool) ovillo (masculine) shape the dough/mixture into balls formar bolas con la masa/mezcla she was curled up in a ball estaba hecha un ovillo ball and chain grillos (masculine plural) or grilletes (masculine plural) y cadenas the whole ball of wax (American English/inglés norteamericano) toda la historia [colloquial/familiar] he bought it, the whole ball of wax se tragó toda la historia [colloquial/familiar] 3.2 c and u [History/Historia] [Military/Militar] bala (feminine)More example sentences
More example sentences3.3 countable/numerable [Anatomy/Anatomía] the ball of the foot la parte anterior de la planta del pie the ball of the thumb la base del pulgar
- Also uncovered were musket balls, cannonballs, a grenade and tools.
- Eight of the lead musket balls have been flattened from impact, while others show mold lines, indicating that they had never been used.
- Michael Taylor says lead musket balls were made on the site and the team has found spills of molten lead that have formed small hollows in the ground.
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- Each innings consists of 30 balls with batsmen retiring at 30 runs.
- I remember commercials ran till just in time to show the bowler releasing the second ball of the over.
- With his last ball in Test cricket, Davidson had Alan Smith, of England, caught behind.
- Then they chew the fibrous fruit into a ball of pulp and spend ages sucking out the goodness.
- It exploded in an orange ball of flame sending sand and metal fragments flying.
- Suddenly the boat exploded into a great ball of flame, sending pieces of it skyward.
- 4(balls plural)[vulgar] 4.1 (testicles) huevos (masculine plural) [vulgar], pelotas (feminine plural) [vulgar], cojones (masculine plural) [vulgar], tanates (masculine plural) (Mexico/México) [vulgar] to kick sb in the balls darle* a algn una patada en los huevos ( or las pelotas etc) to have balls tener* los cojones or los huevos bien puestos [vulgar], tenerlos* bien puestos or tenerlas* bien puestas [colloquial/familiar] to have sb by the balls tener* a algn bien agarrado 4.2 (nonsense) pendejadas (feminine plural) or (Andes) (Venezuela) huevadas (feminine plural) or (Spain/España) gilipolleces (feminine plural) or (Colombia) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) boludeces (feminine plural) [vulgar] balls to them! ¡que se vayan a la mierda! [vulgar]
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 [string/wool] ovillar