l. ball


George W(ildman) [wahyld-muhn] , 1909–1994, U.S. lawyer, investment banker, and government official.
John, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler's peasants' revolt in 1381.
Lucille, 1911–89, U.S. actress.
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ball1 (bɔːl)
1.  a spherical or nearly spherical body or mass: a ball of wool
2.  a round or roundish body, either solid or hollow, of a size and composition suitable for any of various games: football, golf, billiards, etc
3.  a ball propelled in a particular way in a sport: a high ball
4.  any of various rudimentary games with a ball: to play ball
5.  cricket a single delivery of the ball by the bowler to the batsman
6.  baseball a single delivery of the ball by a pitcher outside certain limits and not swung at by the batter
7.  a.  Compare shell a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearm
 b.  such projectiles collectively
8.  any more or less rounded part or protuberance: the ball of the foot
9.  slang See balls a testicle
10.  vet science another word for bolus
11.  horticulture the hard mass of roots and earth removed with the rest of the plant during transplanting
12.  (Austral) ball of muscle a very strong, fit, or forceful person
13.  have the ball at one's feet to have the chance of doing something
14.  keep the ball rolling to maintain the progress of a project, plan, etc
15.  informal on the ball alert; informed
16.  informal play ball to cooperate
17.  set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling to open or initiate (an action, discussion, movement, etc)
18.  the ball is in your court you are obliged to make the next move
19.  (tr) to make, form, wind, etc, into a ball or balls: to ball wool
20.  (intr) to gather into a ball or balls
21.  taboo, slang chiefly (US) to copulate (with)
usage  Sense 9 of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

ball2 (bɔːl)
1.  a social function for dancing, esp one that is lavish or formal
2.  informal a very enjoyable time (esp in the phrase have a ball)
[C17: from French bal (n), from Old French baller (vb), from Late Latin ballāre to dance, from Greek ballizein]

Ball (bɔːl)
John. died 1381, English priest: executed as one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (1381)

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Word Origin & History

"round object," O.E., from O.N. bollr "ball," from P.Gmc. *balluz (cf. O.H.G. ballo, Ger. Ball), from PIE base *bhel- (2) "to swell" (see bole). The verb meaning "copulate" is first recorded 1940s in jazz slang. To be on the ball is 1912, from sports. Ball-point pen first recorded
1947. Ball of fire when first recorded in 1821 referred to "a glass of brandy;" as "spectacularly successful striver" it is c.1900. Ball and chain as a prisoner's restraint is recorded from 1835; as "one's wife," early 1920s.

"dancing party," 1630s, from Fr., from O.Fr. baller "to dance," from L.L. ballare "to dance," from Gk. ballizein "to dance, jump about" (see ballistics). Hence, "very enjoyable time," 1945, Amer.Eng. slang, perhaps back to 1930s in black slang.
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Medical Dictionary

ball (bôl)

  1. A spherical object or mass.

  2. A bezoar.

  3. A large pill or bolus.

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