ball - definition and synonyms


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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 dough into balls.

      a melon ball

      ball of:

      a ball of wool

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

    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.

  3. 3
    [countable] a formal social event at which there is dancing and usually a meal

    the college’s summer ball

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  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.

  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the ball is on the slates the game is up; it's all over

    The ball is on the slates for this brand of democratic expression.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/02/2017
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