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  1. [noun] 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"

  2. [noun] a solid ball shot by a musket; "they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball"
    Synonyms: musket

  3. [noun] an object with a spherical shape; "a ball of fire"
    Synonyms: globe, orb

  4. [noun] the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; "the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded"

  5. [noun] one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"
    Synonyms: testis, testicle, orchis, ock, bollock, nut, egg

  6. [noun] a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"

  7. [noun] United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
    Synonyms: Ball, Lucille Ball

  8. [noun] a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"
    Synonyms: clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk

  9. [noun] a lavish formal dance

  10. [noun] 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"

  11. [noun] a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empy lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
    Synonyms: basebase game

  12. [noun] a pitch that is not in the strike zone; "he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him"

  13. [verb] form into a ball by winding or rolling; "ball wool"


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