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ball

noun [C]
 
 
/bɔːl/
ROUND OBJECT A1 a round object that you throw, kick, or hit in a game, or something with this shape: a tennis ball a ball of string The cat curled itself into a ball.Spherical, circular and annular objectsGeometrical shapes
DANCE a large formal occasion where people danceDance and choreography in generalCelebrations, parties and special occasionsSpecific holidays and festivals
have a ball informal to enjoy yourself very much: We had a ball in Miami.Taking pleasure in something
→  See also ball game , crystal ball , be on the ball , set/start the ball rolling
(Definition of ball from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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