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. 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
3. an object with a spherical shape
- a ball of fire
4. the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
- the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded
5. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
- she kicked him in the balls and got away
6. a spherical object used as a plaything
- he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub
7. a compact mass
- a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder
8. a lavish dance requiring formal attire
Similar word(s): formal
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
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
11. a pitch that is not in the strike zone
- he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him
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.