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noun ball pronunciation in American English /bɔl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a round object used in games and sports

    Try to kick the ball into the back of the net.

    a tennis/golf ball

    1. a.
      a round or nearly round object or shape

      Shape the mixture into balls.

      a melon ball

      ball of:

      a ball of yarn

  2. 2
    [uncountable] any game that you play with a ball, especially baseball

    We’ll be outside playing ball until dinner.

    1. a.
      [countable] an occasion when someone kicks, hits, or throws the ball in a game, or the way they kick, hit, or throw it

      He kicked a long ball upfield.

    2. b.
      [countable] in baseball, a pitch of the ball that the batter does not try to hit because it passes outside the normal area for hitting
  3. 3
    [countable] a formal social event at which there is dancing
  4. 4
    [countable] the part of your foot, hand, or thumb that is slightly round and sticks out
    ball of:

    He balanced on the balls of his feet.



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