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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ball  \Ball\,  n.  (Baseball) 
  A  pitched  ball,  not  struck  at  by  the  batsman,  which  fails  to 
  pass  over  the  home  base  at  a  height  not  greater  than  the 
  batsman's  shoulder  nor  less  than  his  knee. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ball  \Ball\  (b[add]l),  n.  [OE.  bal,  balle;  akin  to  OHG.  balla, 
  palla,  G.  ball,  Icel.  b["o]llr,  ball;  cf  F.  balle.  Cf  1st 
  {Bale},  n.,  {Pallmall}.] 
  1.  Any  round  or  roundish  body  or  mass;  a  sphere  or  globe;  as 
  a  ball  of  twine;  a  ball  of  snow. 
 
  2.  A  spherical  body  of  any  substance  or  size  used  to  play 
  with  as  by  throwing,  knocking,  kicking,  etc 
 
  3.  A  general  name  for  games  in  which  a  ball  is  thrown, 
  kicked,  or  knocked.  See  {Baseball},  and  {Football}. 
 
  4.  Any  solid  spherical,  cylindrical,  or  conical  projectile  of 
  lead  or  iron,  to  be  discharged  from  a  firearm;  as  a 
  cannon  ball;  a  rifle  ball;  --  often  used  collectively;  as 
  powder  and  ball.  Spherical  balls  for  the  smaller  firearms 
  are  commonly  called  {bullets}. 
 
  5.  (Pyrotechnics  &  Mil.)  A  flaming,  roundish  body  shot  into 
  the  air;  a  case  filled  with  combustibles  intended  to  burst 
  and  give  light  or  set  fire,  or  to  produce  smoke  or  stench; 
  as  a  fire  ball;  a  stink  ball. 
 
  6.  (Print.)  A  leather-covered  cushion,  fastened  to  a  handle 
  called  a  ballstock  --  formerly  used  by  printers  for 
  inking  the  form  but  now  superseded  by  the  roller. 
 
  7.  A  roundish  protuberant  portion  of  some  part  of  the  body; 
  as  the  ball  of  the  thumb;  the  ball  of  the  foot. 
 
  8.  (Far.)  A  large  pill,  a  form  in  which  medicine  is  commonly 
  given  to  horses;  a  bolus.  --White. 
 
  9.  The  globe  or  earth.  --Pope. 
 
  Move  round  the  dark  terrestrial  ball.  --Addison. 
 
  {Ball  and  socket  joint},  a  joint  in  which  a  ball  moves  within 
  a  socket,  so  as  to  admit  of  motion  in  every  direction 
  within  certain  limits. 
 
  {Ball  bearings},  a  mechanical  device  for  lessening  the 
  friction  of  axle  bearings  by  means  of  small  loose  metal 
  balls. 
 
  {Ball  cartridge},  a  cartridge  containing  a  ball,  as 
  distinguished  from  a  blank  cartridge,  containing  only 
  powder. 
 
  {Ball  cock},  a  faucet  or  valve  which  is  opened  or  closed  by 
  the  fall  or  rise  of  a  ball  floating  in  water  at  the  end  of 
  a  lever. 
 
  {Ball  gudgeon},  a  pivot  of  a  spherical  form  which  permits 
  lateral  deflection  of  the  arbor  or  shaft,  while  retaining 
  the  pivot  in  its  socket.  --Knight. 
 
  {Ball  lever},  the  lever  used  in  a  ball  cock. 
 
  {Ball  of  the  eye},  the  eye  itself  as  distinguished  from  its 
  lids  and  socket;  --  formerly,  the  pupil  of  the  eye. 
 
  {Ball  valve}  (Mach.),  a  contrivance  by  which  a  ball,  placed 
  in  a  circular  cup  with  a  hole  in  its  bottom,  operates  as  a 
  valve. 
 
  {Ball  vein}  (Mining),  a  sort  of  iron  ore,  found  in  loose 
  masses  of  a  globular  form  containing  sparkling  particles. 
 
 
  {Three  balls},  or  {Three  golden  balls},  a  pawnbroker's  sign 
  or  shop. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Globe}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ball  \Ball\,  v.  t. 
  1.  (Metal.)  To  heat  in  a  furnace  and  form  into  balls  for 
  rolling. 
 
  2.  To  form  or  wind  into  a  ball;  as  to  ball  cotton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ball  \Ball\,  n.  [F.  bal,  fr  OF  baler  to  dance,  fr  LL 
  ballare.  Of  uncertain  origin;  cf  Gr  ?  to  toss  or  throw,  or 
  ?,  ?,  to  leap,  bound,  ?  to  dance,  jump  about  or  cf  1st 
  {Ball},  n.] 
  A  social  assembly  for  the  purpose  of  dancing. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ball  \Ball\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Balled}  (?);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Balling}.] 
  To  gather  balls  which  cling  to  the  feet,  as  of  damp  snow  or 
  clay;  to  gather  into  balls;  as  the  horse  balls;  the  snow 
  balls. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ball 
  n  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" 
  2:  a  solid  ball  shot  by  a  musket;  "they  had  to  carry  a  ramrod 
  as  well  as  powder  and  ball"  [syn:  {musket  ball}] 
  3:  any  object  with  a  spherical  shape;  "a  ball  of  fire"  [syn:  {globe}, 
  {orb}] 
  4:  a  lavish  formal  dance;  "she  was  the  loveliest  girl  at  the 
  ball" 
  5:  one  of  the  two  male  reproductive  glands;  "she  kicked  him  in 
  the  balls  and  got  away"  [syn:  {testis},  {gonad},  {testicle}, 
  {ballock},  {bollock},  {nut},  {egg}] 
  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" 
  [syn:  {clod},  {glob},  {lump},  {clump},  {chunk}] 
  8:  a  more  or  less  rounded  anatomical  body  or  mass;  ball  of  the 
  human  foot  or  ball  at  the  base  of  the  thumb;  "he  stood  on 
  the  balls  of  his  feet" 
  9:  a  pitch  that  is  not  in  the  strike  zone;  "he  threw  nine 
  straight  balls  before  the  manager  yanked  him" 
  v  :  form  into  a  ball  by  winding,  rolling,  etc.;  ball  wool,  for 
  example 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Ball,  LA  (town,  FIPS  4055) 
  Location:  31.41825  N,  92.41005  W 
  Population  (1990):  3305  (1260  housing  units) 
  Area:  20.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 




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