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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


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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