ball Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “ball” - English Dictionary

Definition of "ball" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

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)

Definition of "ball" - British English Dictionary

See all translations


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
More examples

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 (BALL GAME)

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

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ball?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to give someone knowledge or to train someone; to instruct

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More