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Meaning of “ball” in the English Dictionary

"ball" in British English

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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 ​varioussports 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).A1 [C] a ​longpiece of ​thread that has been ​rolled into a ball: a ball of ​string/​wool [C] the ​roundedpart of ​yourfoot or ​thumb where the ​toesjoin the ​foot and the ​thumbjoins the ​hand

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  • ball noun (KICK/THROW OF BALL)

in ​football, a pass from one ​player to another: Long ​picked up a ​great ball from Campbell and ​rounded the ​keeper to ​score. in ​baseball, a ball that is ​thrown to the batter but that the ​batter does not ​try to ​hit because it is ​outside the ​hittingarea
  • ball noun (DANCE)

[C] a ​largeformaloccasion where ​peopledance: Did you go to the Summer Ball last ​year?

ballverb [T]

uk   /bɔːl/  us   /bɑːl/
  • ball verb [T] (MAKE ROUND)

to make something ​form a ​closed round ​shape: She balled her fists so her ​nailsdugdeep into her ​palms.
  • ball verb [T] (HAVE SEX)

US slang (of a man) to have ​sex with someone
(Definition of ball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ballnoun [C]

 us   /bɔl/
  • ball noun [C] (ROUND OBJECT)

a round ​object that can ​roll and usually ​bounce and that is used in many ​games in which it is ​thrown, ​hit, or ​kicked: a ​golf/​soccer/​tennis ball The ball of the ​foot is the ​curvedpart where the ​bigtoejoins the ​foot.
  • ball noun [C] (DANCE)

a ​large, ​formaloccasion where ​peopledance infml A ball is also any very ​enjoyableexperience: "How was ​yourweekend?" "We had a ball!"
(Definition of ball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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