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ball

noun [C] uk   /bɔːl/ us    /bɑːl/

ball noun [C] (ROUND OBJECT)

A1 any object in the shape of a sphere, especially one used as a toy by children or in various sports such as tennis and football: a beach/golf/tennis ball Just try to concentrate on hitting the ball. The kitten curled itself into a ball (= the shape of a ball). in football, a pass from one player to another: Long picked up a great ball from Campbell and rounded the keeper to score. A1 a long piece of thread that has been rolled into a ball: a ball of string/wool the rounded part of your foot or thumb where the toes join the foot and the thumb joins the hand

ball noun [C] (DANCE)

a large formal occasion where people dance: Did you go to the Summer Ball last year?
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