- 1 countable 1.1(in basketball, football)
pelota (feminine) (especially Latin America)
balón (masculine) (especially Spain)(in billiards, croquet)fast/low/easy ball
bola (feminine)pelota or bola rápida/baja/fácilthe ball is in his/your courtle corresponde a él/te corresponde a ti dar el próximo pasoto be on the ball [colloquial]andar con cuatro ojos [colloquial]to carry the ball (American English)
ser muy espabiladollevar la batuta or la voz cantanteto drop o fumble the ball (lit: in US football) (American English) you know he won't drop o fumble the ballya sabes que no nos va a fallarto set o start/keep the ball rollingponer/mantener las cosas en marcha or en movimientoExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
(delivery by pitcher)
- 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 2.1 (American English) (baseball) 2.2 (game) to play ball (with somebody)(lit: play game)he wouldn't play ball with the police [colloquial]
jugar a la pelota (con alguien)no quiso colaborar or cooperar con la policíawe tried to persuade him but he wouldn't play ball [colloquial]intentamos convencerlo, pero no quiso saber de nada
- 3 3.1 countable(round mass)
bola (feminine)(of string, wool)shape the dough/mixture into balls
ovillo (masculine)formar bolas con la masa/mezclashe was curled up in a ballestaba hecha un ovilloball and chaingrillos (masculine plural) or grilletes (masculine plural) y cadenasthe whole ball of wax (American English)toda la historia [colloquial]he bought it, the whole ball of waxse tragó toda la historia [colloquial]3.2 countable or uncountable (History, Military)Example sentences
Example sentences3.3 countable (Anatomy)the ball of the foot
- 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.
la parte anterior de la planta del piethe ball of the thumbla base del pulgarExample sentences
- 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.
- 4also: balls plural[vulgar] 4.1(testicles)to kick somebody in the balls
huevos (masculine plural) [vulgar]
pelotas (feminine plural) [vulgar]
cojones (masculine plural) [vulgar]
tanates (masculine plural) (Mexico) [vulgar]darle a alguien una patada en los huevos ( or las pelotas etc)to have ballstener los cojones or los huevos bien puestos [vulgar]to have somebody by the balls
tenerlos bien puestos or tenerlas bien puestas [colloquial]tener a alguien bien agarrado4.2(nonsense)balls to them!
pendejadas (feminine plural) or (Andes) (Venezuela) huevadas (feminine plural) or (Spain) gilipolleces (feminine plural) or (Colombia) (River Plate area) boludeces (feminine plural) [vulgar]¡que se vayan a la mierda! [vulgar]
- (dance) to have a ball [colloquial]divertirse de lo lindo or como loco [colloquial]what a ball!¡qué divertido!Example sentences
- I had many offers to balls and social gatherings but I had never accepted.
- They were in great demand for hunt balls, ballroom dancing, weddings and other social gatherings.
- An invitation to a formal dance or ball is the perfect excuse to indulge in your fairytale fantasies.
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