(noun, verb, interjection)


1. (Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.

- 2007: A good tackle (and some bad ones) will bring a cry of "Ball!" from the crowd – a plea for a holding the ball free kick. — AFL Sydney Swans Rules Zone [1]


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

- the ball rolled into the corner pocket

Definition categories: man–made

2. a solid projectile that is shot by a musket

- they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball

Definition categories: man–made, pellet, shot

3. an object with a spherical shape

- a ball of fire

Similar word(s): globe, orb

Definition categories: shape, sphere

4. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance

- the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded

Definition categories: group, dance

5. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

- she kicked him in the balls and got away

Similar word(s): ballock, egg, nut, orchis, testicle, testis

Definition categories: body, gonad

6. a spherical object used as a plaything

- he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub

Definition categories: man–made, plaything, toy

7. a compact mass

- a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder

Similar word(s): chunk, clod, clump, glob, lump

Definition categories: group, agglomeration

8. a lavish dance requiring formal attire

Similar word(s): formal

Definition categories: event, dance

9. a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass

- the ball at the base of the thumb

- he stood on the balls of his feet

Definition categories: body, structure

10. a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

- he played baseball in high school

- there was a baseball game on every empty lot

- there was a desire for National League ball in the area

Similar word(s): baseball

Definition categories: act, ballgame

11. a pitch that is not in the strike zone

- he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him

Definition categories: act, delivery, pitch

Sentences with ball as a noun:

- a ball of spittle;

- a ball of wool;

- the ball of the thumb;

- The children were playing ball on the beach.

- The children were playing ball in the garden.

- If you get to a million points, you get another ball.

- That’s a load of balls, and you know it! — Synonyms — See Wikisaurus:nonsense

- I doubt he’s got the balls to tell him off.

- I had a ball at that concert.


1. form into a ball by winding or rolling

- ball wool

Definition categories: contact, roll, twine, wind, wrap

Sentences with ball as a verb:

- to ball cotton

- The horse balls; the snow balls.