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Ball

7 entries found.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, n. (Baseball)
   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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
   palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st
   {Bale}, n., {Pallmall}.]
   1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as,
      a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

   2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play
      with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.

   3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown,
      kicked, or knocked. See {Baseball}, and {Football}.

   4. 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}.

   5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) 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.

   6. (Print.) 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      inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.

   7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body;
      as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.

   8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly
      given to horses; a bolus. --White.

   9. The globe or earth. --Pope.

            Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison.

   {Ball and socket joint}, a joint in which a ball moves within
      a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction
      within certain limits.

   {Ball bearings}, a mechanical device for lessening the
      friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal
      balls.

   {Ball cartridge}, a cartridge containing a ball, as
      distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only
      powder.

   {Ball cock}, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by
      the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of
      a lever.

   {Ball gudgeon}, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits
      lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining
      the pivot in its socket. --Knight.

   {Ball lever}, the lever used in a ball cock.

   {Ball of the eye}, the eye itself, as distinguished from its
      lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.

   {Ball valve} (Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed
      in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a
      valve.

   {Ball vein} (Mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose
      masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.
      

   {Three balls}, or {Three golden balls}, a pawnbroker's sign
      or shop.

   Syn: See {Globe}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, v. t.
   1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for
      rolling.

   2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL.
   ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. ? to toss or throw, or
   ?, ?, to leap, bound, ? to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st
   {Ball}, n.]
   A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Balled} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
   {Balling}.]
   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.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]

ball
     n 1: round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; "the
          ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw
          out the first ball"
     2: a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod
        as well as powder and ball" [syn: {musket ball}]
     3: any object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: {globe},
         {orb}]
     4: a lavish formal dance; "she was the loveliest girl at the
        ball"
     5: one of the two male reproductive glands; "she kicked him in
        the balls and got away" [syn: {testis}, {gonad}, {testicle},
         {ballock}, {bollock}, {nut}, {egg}]
     6: a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his
        rubber ball in the bathtub"
     7: a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
        [syn: {clod}, {glob}, {lump}, {clump}, {chunk}]
     8: a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the
        human foot or ball at the base of the thumb; "he stood on
        the balls of his feet"
     9: a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine
        straight balls before the manager yanked him"
     v : form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for
         example

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]

Ball, LA (town, FIPS 4055)
  Location: 31.41825 N, 92.41005 W
  Population (1990): 3305 (1260 housing units)
  Area: 20.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)

Ball

7 entries found.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, n. (Baseball)
   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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
   palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st
   {Bale}, n., {Pallmall}.]
   1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as,
      a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

   2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play
      with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.

   3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown,
      kicked, or knocked. See {Baseball}, and {Football}.

   4. 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}.

   5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) 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.

   6. (Print.) 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.

   7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body;
      as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.

   8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly
      given to horses; a bolus. --White.

   9. The globe or earth. --Pope.

            Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison.

   {Ball and socket joint}, a joint in which a ball moves within
      a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction
      within certain limits.

   {Ball bearings}, a mechanical device for lessening the
      friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal
      balls.

   {Ball cartridge}, a cartridge containing a ball, as
      distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only
      powder.

   {Ball cock}, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by
      the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of
      a lever.

   {Ball gudgeon}, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits
      lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining
      the pivot in its socket. --Knight.

   {Ball lever}, the lever used in a ball cock.

   {Ball of the eye}, the eye itself, as distinguished from its
      lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.

   {Ball valve} (Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed
      in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a
      valve.

   {Ball vein} (Mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose
      masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.
      

   {Three balls}, or {Three golden balls}, a pawnbroker's sign
      or shop.

   Syn: See {Globe}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, v. t.
   1. (Metal.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for
      rolling.

   2. To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL.
   ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. ? to toss or throw, or
   ?, ?, to leap, bound, ? to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st
   {Ball}, n.]
   A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Ball \Ball\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Balled} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
   {Balling}.]
   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.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]

ball
     n 1: round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; "the
          ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw
          out the first ball"
     2: a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod
        as well as powder and ball" [syn: {musket ball}]
     3: any object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire" [syn: {globe},
         {orb}]
     4: a lavish formal dance; "she was the loveliest girl at the
        ball"
     5: one of the two male reproductive glands; "she kicked him in
        the balls and got away" [syn: {testis}, {gonad}, {testicle},
         {ballock}, {bollock}, {nut}, {egg}]
     6: a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his
        rubber ball in the bathtub"
     7: a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
        [syn: {clod}, {glob}, {lump}, {clump}, {chunk}]
     8: a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the
        human foot or ball at the base of the thumb; "he stood on
        the balls of his feet"
     9: a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine
        straight balls before the manager yanked him"
     v : form into a ball by winding, rolling, etc.; ball wool, for
         example

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]

Ball, LA (town, FIPS 4055)
  Location: 31.41825 N, 92.41005 W
  Population (1990): 3305 (1260 housing units)
  Area: 20.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)