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ballnoun

uk   /bɔːl/  us   /bɑːl/

ball noun (ROUND OBJECT)

A1 [C] 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). [C] in football, a pass from one player to another: Long picked up a great ball from Campbell and rounded the keeper to score. [C] in baseball, a ball that is thrown to the batter but that the batter does not try to hit because it is outside the hitting areaA1 [C] a long piece of thread that has been rolled into a ball: a ball of string/wool [C] the rounded part of your foot or thumb where the toes join the foot and the thumb joins the hand
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ball noun (BALL GAME)

[U] mainly US any game that involves throwing and catching a ball: The kids were outside playing ball. I like watching college/pro ball.

ball noun (DANCE)

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