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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 curved part where the big toe joins the foot.
  • ball noun [C] (DANCE)

infml A ball is also any very enjoyable experience: "How was your weekend?" "We had a ball!"
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"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 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).
A1 [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 (DANCE)

[C] a large formal occasion where people dance: 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 nails dug deep 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)
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