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Definition of ball:

  1. A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
  2. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
  3. A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
  4. A leather- covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; - formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
  5. A pitched ball, not struck at by the batsman, which fails to pass over the home base at a height not greater than the batsman's shoulder nor less than his knee.
  6. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
  7. A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
  8. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
  9. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
  10. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.
  11. The globe or earth.
  12. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
  13. To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
  14. To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.


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