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English noun: ball

1. ball (artifact) round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games


SamplesThe ball travelled 90 mph on his serve.
The mayor threw out the first ball.
The ball rolled into the corner pocket.


Broader (hypernym)game equipment


Narrower (hyponym)baseball, basketball, billiard ball, bocce ball, bocci ball, boccie ball, bowl, bowl, bowling ball, cricket ball, croquet ball, field hockey ball, football, golf ball, handball, jack, lacrosse ball, marble, medicine ball, ninepin ball, ping-pong ball, playground ball, polo ball, pool ball, punch bag, punchball, punching bag, punching ball, racquetball, roulette ball, rugby ball, skittle ball, soccer ball, softball, squash ball, tennis ball, volleyball, Wiffle, Wiffle Ball

2. ball (artifact) a solid projectile that is shot by a musket


SamplesThey had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball.


Synonymsmusket ball


Broader (hypernym)pellet, shot

3. ball (shape) an object with a spherical shape


SamplesA ball of fire.


Synonymsglobe, orb


Broader (hypernym)sphere


Narrower (hyponym)bolus, camphor ball, crystal ball, fireball, fireball, globule, mothball, pellet, spherule, time-ball

4. ball (group) the people assembled at a lavish formal dance


SamplesThe ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded.


Broader (hypernym)dance


Part holonympromenade

5. ball (body) one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens


SamplesShe kicked him in the balls and got away.


Synonymsballock, bollock, egg, nut, orchis, testicle, testis


Broader (hypernym)gonad, male reproductive gland, sex gland


Narrower (hyponym)cobblers, undescended testicle, undescended testis


Part holonymarteria testicularis, ductus deferens, epididymis, internal spermatic artery, rete testis, seminiferous tubule, spermatic cord, testicular artery, testicular vein, vas deferens, vena testicularis


Part meronymfamily jewels, male genital organ, male genitalia, male genitals, male reproductive system

6. ball (artifact) a spherical object used as a plaything


SamplesHe played with his rubber ball in the bathtub.


Broader (hypernym)plaything, toy


Narrower (hyponym)beach ball, beachball, snowball

7. Ball (person) United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)


SynonymsLucille Ball


Instance hypernymactress, comedienne

8. ball (group) a compact mass


SamplesA ball of mud caught him on the shoulder.


Synonymschunk, clod, clump, glob, lump


Broader (hypernym)agglomeration


Narrower (hyponym)clew, clot, coagulum, gob

9. ball (event) a lavish dance requiring formal attire


Synonymsformal


Broader (hypernym)dance


Narrower (hyponym)cotilion, cotillion, fancy-dress ball, masked ball, masquerade ball, prom, promenade

10. ball (body) a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass


SamplesThe ball at the base of the thumb.
He stood on the balls of his feet.


Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure


Part meronymhand, manus, mitt, paw, sole

11. ball (act) the game of baseball


Broader (hypernym)baseball, baseball game


Narrower (hyponym)daisy cutter

12. ball (act) a pitch that is not in the strike zone


SamplesHe threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him.


Broader (hypernym)delivery, pitch


English verb: ball

1. ball (contact) form into a ball by winding or rolling


SamplesBall wool.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)roll, twine, wind, wrap









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