ballball1 /bɔːl $ bɒːl/ ●●●S1W2 noun1round objectTO PLAY WITHDS [countable] a round object that is thrown, kicked, or hit in a game or sportthrow/hit/kick/catch etc a ballWeiskopf hit the ball 330 yards and a cheer went up.a tennis/golf/cricket etc ball2round shapeROUND SHAPECF [countable] something formed or rolled into a round shapea ball of stringShape the dough into balls.3game/sport [uncountable] any game or sport played with a ball, especially baseball or basketballD'you want to go out and play ball?Dad likes college ball.4 →the ball of the foot/hand5 →on the ball6 →set/start/keep the ball rolling7 →the ball is in somebody’s court8formal occasionDANCEDL [countable] a large formaloccasion at which people dance► see thesaurus at party9 →have a ball10 →balls11 →a fast/good/long etc ball12 →no ball13 →no ball14 →the whole ball of wax15 →a ball of fire16 →keep several/too many etc balls in the air17 →drop the ball18 →ball-buster/ball-breaker →cannonball, crystal ball, wrecking ball, → play ballat play1(7)COLLOCATIONSverbsthrow a ballSuzy threw the ball to Matthew.catch a ballHe’s useless at sport; he can’t even catch a ball.hit a ballHe swung the bat back and hit the ball hard.kick a ballGreg kicked the ball upfield to Will.bounce a ballHe was in the yard bouncing a ball against the wall.get the ballThen the Cowboys got the ball again.miss a ball (=not catch or hit it)I was trying hard but I kept missing the ball.a ball rollsThe ball just rolled past the hole.a ball flies/sailsThe ball flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.a ball bouncesIn tennis, the ball must only bounce once.a ball rebounds (=hits something and moves back and away from it again)The ball hit the goalpost and rebounded.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + balla tennis/cricket/golf/rugby etc ballShe was practising hitting golf balls.a ping-pong/billiard/snooker etc ballHe was bouncing around like a ping-pong ball.a beach ball (=a large light ball used on the beach)Dad, will you blow up the beach ball?ball + NOUNa ball gameHe’s always watching ball games on TV.ball skillsPractising ball skills helps a child’s coordination.
ballball2 verb [transitive]1 (also ball up)CF to make something form a small round shapeRay balled up his fists.2American English informal not polite to have sex with a woman→ See Verb table
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ball• In that time Dean is balling Marylou at the hotel and gives me time to change and dress.Originball11. (1200-1300)Old Norseböllr2. (1600-1700)Frenchbal, from Old Frenchballer“to dance”, from Late Latinballare, from Greekballizein