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Ball appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Bobby Bippy bought a bat.
    Bobby Bippy bought a ball.
    With his bat Bob banged the ball
    Banged it bump against the wall
    But so boldly Bobby banged it
    That he burst his rubber ball
    "Boo!" cried Bobby
    Bad luck ball
    Bad luck Bobby, bad luck ball
    Now to drown his many troubles
    Bobby Bippy's blowing bubbles.
    (from mid-Willamette Valley theater)

Ball appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jack quietly moved up front and seized the big ball of wax. (47 letters)
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Ball appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Pooh, roll a ball or hoop.
  • Pull a bat, I hit a ball up.
  • Pupils roll a ball or slip up.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ball:


Ball is sometimes a misspelling of bell.

The word ball is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ball

What does ball mean as a name of something?

Ball is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: balls

  1. round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
    • examples: the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve | the mayor threw out the first ball | the ball rolled into the corner pocket
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: game equipment = equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    • more specific terms:
  2. a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
    • example: they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of ball: musket ball
    • more generic words: pellet / shot = a solid missile discharged from a firearm
  3. an object with a spherical shape
    • example: a ball of fire
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of ball: globe / orb
    • more generic word: sphere = a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface
    • more specific terms:
      • crystal ball = a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers
      • camphor ball / mothball = a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
      • time-ball = a ball that slides down a staff to show a fixed time
      • fireball = the luminous center of a nuclear explosion
      • fireball = a ball of fire
      • globule = a small globe or ball
      • spherule = a small sphere
      • pellet = a small sphere
      • bolus = a small round soft mass
  4. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
    • example: the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: dance = a party of people assembled for dancing
    • part: promenade = a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance
  5. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  6. a spherical object used as a plaything
    • example: he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: plaything / toy = an artifact designed to be played with
    • more specific terms:
  7. a compact mass
    • example: a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of ball: chunk / clod / clump / glob / lump
    • more generic word: agglomeration = a jumbled collection or mass
    • more specific words:
      • coagulum / clot = a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid
      • gob = a lump of slimy stuff
      • clew = a ball of yarn or cord or thread
  8. a lavish dance requiring formal attire
  9. a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass
  10. a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs
    • examples: there was a desire for National League ball in the area | play ball!
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of ball: baseball / baseball game
    • more generic terms: ball game / ballgame = a field game played with a ball
    • more specific terms:
  11. a pitch that is not in the strike zone
    • example: he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: delivery / pitch = the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Alternative definition of the noun ball


  1. A solid or hollow sphere.
  2. An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
  3. A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
  4. Any simple game involving a ball.
  5. [baseball] A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
  6. [context: pinball] An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.
  7. [context: ballistics] A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
  8. [context: ballistics] A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
  9. [mathematics] The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.
  10. [mathematics, more generally] The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.
  11. [context: mildly vulgar, slang, usually in plural] A testicle.
  12. [context: mildly vulgar, slang, in the plural] Nonsense.
  13. [slang, in the plural] Courage.
  14. [cricket] A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
  15. [soccer] A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.
  16. [anatomy] The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.
  17. A formal dance.
  18. [informal] A very enjoyable time.

Specialised definition of the noun ball

Glossary of sports

an object, usually round in shape and often hollow and flexible, used in many games and sports in which it is thrown, struck or kicked (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the soft part of the hand below the thumb (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the soft part of the foot below the big toe (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a piece of play and sport equipment that is usually round, but in some cases also egg-shaped, which is used for throwing, catching, rolling, hitting, pushing, kicking; a ball's weight and size depends on the sport discipline it is designed for. It is used predominantly in ball games and as a hand apparatus in rhythmical callisthenics. The ball is one of the oldest pieces of equipment used for play. In the past natural ball shaped products such as coconuts were used. In cult games skulls were used as well. Today, the categories of solid balls (massive, filled) and hollow balls (pressure from an inflated rubber bladder) are distinguished. The following materials are used - among others - for the construction of balls: leather, rubber, plastic, felt, cork, wood. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a pitch that is outside the strike zone. A batter who receives a baseball stadium (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / basketball

the basketball is 9 ½ inches in diameter and weighs 20 to 22 ounces

Glossary of sports / cricket

the hard, leather-covered spherical object bowled by bowlers (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

an instance of a bowler bowling the ball to a batsman (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: that was a good ball.

Glossary of sports / golf

the modern golf ball must be at least 1.68 inches in diameter and weigh no more than 1.62 ounces. There are several different types of construction, from a one-piece molded rubber ball to multi-layer balls that have liquid or solid centers wound with rubber thread. The covering is hard rubber or synthetic material covered with surface indentations, known as dimples

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

field hockey uses a ball of solid plastic, with a circumference of 8 13/16 to 9 ¼ inches, weighing between 5 ½ and 5 ¾ ounces

Glossary of sports / table tennis

the table tennis ball is a hollow sphere of celluloid or similar plastic, 40 millimeters in diameter and 2.7 grams in weight

Glossary of sports / water polo

the ball used in water polo is a pressurized sphere weighing 400 to 450 grams. For men's play, it is .68 to .71 meters in circumference and inflated to 13-14 pounds of pressure. For women's play, it is .65 to .78 meters in circumference and inflated to 12-13 pounds of pressure

Definition of the verb ball

What does ball mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: balled | balling | balls

  1. form into a ball by winding or rolling
    • example: ball wool
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: roll / twine / wind / wrap = arrange or or coil around

Other definitions of ball

What does ball also mean?


  1. [Australian rules football] An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.


Ball is a small town in Rapides Parish just north of Pineville, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,000 at the 2010 census, an increase of 8.7 percent over the 2000 tabulation of 3,681.


  1. Ball a.k.a. Soranut Yupanun is an actor.
  2. Ball a.k.a. Adisorn Insee is an actor.
  3. Ball a.k.a. Athip Nana is an actor and TV personality.
  4. Ball a.k.a. Poramate Wannawong ia an actor, known for Pop weed sayong.

There are other people with in their name, like Amy Ball, Ben Ball, Bob Ball, Don Ball, Ian Ball, Jim Ball, Joe Ball, Kim Ball, Ray Ball, Rod Ball and many others.


BALL is a record label.


Ball is a fictional character from the 2012 film Moi Zaphira.


  1. "Ball" is a song by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released on October 16, 2012, as the fourth official single from his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. The song features a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Lil Wayne, as well as production and uncredited vocals from American record producer Rico Love. In 2013, the song was included on the soundtrack to the film Fast & Furious 6.
  2. "Ball" is the third studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released in January 17 1969. After the enormous success of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", Iron Butterfly modified its acid-rock sound somewhat and experimented with more melodic compositions. The band's trademark heavy guitars, however, are still evident on such tracks as "In the Time of Our Lives" and "It Must Be Love". The album reached #3 in the charts, making Ball more immediately successful than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Ball was certified Gold in March 1969. It also spawned two minor hit singles: "Soul Experience", an uncharacteristically uplifting song for the group, went to #75 on the Billboard charts, and despite its nightmarish musical tones and morbid lyrics, "In the Time of Our Lives" managed to reach #96. This is the second and final album to feature the famous lineup of Ingle, Bushy, Dorman and Brann.
  3. "Ball" is the eighth studio album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was released on April 15, 2003 and it was the band's first studio album with George McConnell on lead guitar. McConnell joined the band in 2002 after the death of founding member Michael Houser.
  4. "Ball" is a musical album of Spiral Beach.
    • also known as Ball (bonus disc)
    • released on (8 years ago)
  5. "Ball" is the 2012 single by T.I.
    • artist: T.I.
    • released on
  6. "Ball" is a composition.


  1. "Ball" is a 2013 Telly Award winning film.
  2. "Ball" is a short film, directed by Murat Tümer.
    • country: Turkey
    • released in (4 years ago)
  3. "Ball" a.k.a. "The Ball" is a 2001 animation music short film written and directed by Mickael Tumelya.


  1. "Ball" is a video game.
    • genre: Action game
    • released on (6 years ago)
  2. "Ball" is the first game in Nintendo's Game & Watch series of handheld LCD games. It was first released for the silver Game & Watch on April 28, 1980.
    • mode: Single-player video game
    • publisher: Nintendo


  1. Ball: Bearing balls are special highly spherical and smooth balls, most commonly used in ball bearings, but also used as components in things like freewheel mechanisms. The balls come in many different grades, as defined by the American Bearing Manufacturers Association, which defines the precision of the balls. They are manufactured in machines designed specially for the job.
  2. The Ball is a piece of apparatus used in rhythmic gymnastics. It is made of either rubber or synthetic material provided it possesses the same elasticity as rubber. It is from 18 to 20 cm in diameter and must have a minimum weight of 400g. The ball can be of any colour. The ball should rest in the gymnast's hand and not rest against the wrist or be able to be grasped.
  3. BALL: The open source project BALL consists of the versatile C++ class framework BALL, a library of algorithms and data structures targeting molecular modelling and computational structural bioinformatics, a Python interface to this library and the open source graphical interface to BALL, the molecular viewer BALLView.
  4. Ball is a lunar impact crater that is located in the rugged southern highlands of the Moon. The formation is circular and symmetrical, and has receive little significant wear. The interior is rough-surfaced, curving downward toward the relatively wide central peak at the midpoint.
    • also known as بال
  5. Ball: This is a list of notable people with the given name Ball.

Phrases with Ball

Phrases starting with the word Ball:

  1. ball up
  2. ball boy
  3. Ball pit

Phrases ending with the word Ball:

  1. 8 Ball
  2. B-Ball
  3. T-Ball
  4. no ball
  5. Air ball
  6. cue ball
  7. Dot Ball
  8. fly ball
  9. gum ball
  10. net ball
  11. New Ball
  12. Nut Ball
  13. Old Ball
  14. Out Ball
  15. Rum ball
  16. Sap Ball
  17. Sky Ball

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ball

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Google previewCorrect English and Current Literary Review ... (1905)

by Josephine Turck Baker

Play ball is the predicate bccausdit al'firms something of the subject. _ 'b _ Note. —'-Boys is the subject'rnoun; play is the predicate verb; ball is the object noun. Analysis of the Complex...

Google previewSquash 2nd Edition (2010)

Steps to Success by Philip Yarrow, Aidan Harrison

A squash ball is a hollow rubber ball about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Squash balls come in a variety of speeds.

Google previewCorrect English (1905)

Play ball is the predicate because it affirms something of the subject. Note.—Boys is the subject noun; play is the predicate verb; ball is the object noun. Analysis of the Complex...

Google previewChristian Treasury (1872)

may beg the question, and say the ball is a scene of happiness,

Google previewDragon Ball Culture Volume 1 (2014)

Origin by Derek Padula

Dragon Ball is the world's most culturally rich anime and manga, and by the time you finish this book you will see the proof on every page.

Google previewThe New Dickson Baseball Dictionary (1999)

A Cyclopedic Reference to More Than 7,000 Words, Names, Phrases, and Slang Expressions that Define the Game, Its Heritage, Culture, and Variations by Paul Dickson

park Related term: sandlot Synonyms: ball field, ballyard, baseball field, diamond, field, green cathedral, grounds, lot, orchard, pasture, peapatch, yard Narrower terms: backlot, back yard, bandbox, cigar box, concrete ashtray, cookie- cutter, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1915)

by Lyon Gardiner Tyler

Ball ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Balk′line, in billiards,a line drawnacrossthe table 281⁄ 2inchesfromthefaceofthe bottomcushion—a ballissaidtobe in balkwhenwithinthisspace.[A.S. balca,ridge; Old High Ger. balcho.] Ball,bawl,n. anythinground: any celestial body,esp. the ...

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Quotes about Ball

Rushing the ball is all about ball control. If you run the ball, you control the clock. If you control the clock, you usually control the game. (Tiki Barber)
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Scrabble value of B3A1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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