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noun ball pronunciation in British English /bɔːl/
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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
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  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.
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