Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ball”

See all translations

ball

noun 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
More examples

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?
(Definition of ball from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ball?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ball” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More