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Relating to the ball in sports and games

backspin

noun

the movement of a ball that spins backward as it goes forward

bouncy

adjective

a bouncy ball bounces well when it hits a surface

dead

adjective

a ball is dead in some games if it is outside the area on which the game is played, so that the game stops for a short time

good

adjective

a ball that is good in a game such as tennis lands inside the area in which the game is played

long

adjective

in sports, a long ball is one that is kicked or hit so it travels over a large distance, or kicked or hit beyond a line

playable

adjective

a ball that is playable in a game can be hit or kicked

rebound

noun

a ball that has rebounded

spin

noun

the movement of a ball that turns around and around after it has been thrown or hit

topspin

noun

the way that a ball spins forward as it quickly flies through the air after someone throws or hits it in a particular way

underarm

adjective, adverb

underhand

underhand

adjective

thrown with your arm low, so that it does not go above your shoulder

underhand

adverb

thrown from a low position, not from above your shoulder

unplayable

adjective

in sports, an unplayable ball or shot is very difficult to hit or to deal with, usually because an opponent has played it very well

in play

if a ball is in play, it is within the area where a game can be played

out of play

if a ball is out of play, it is outside the area where a game can be played

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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