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Boll

The seed-bearing capsule of certain plants, especially cotton and flax.

Ball

A spherical or almost spherical body
A ball of flame.

Boll

The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant.

Ball

A spherical object or entity
A steel ball.

Boll

A protuberance or excrescence growing on the trunks of some trees, a burl.
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Ball

Any of various movable and round or oblong objects used in various athletic activities and games.

Boll

(Scotland) An old dry measure equal to six bushels.

Ball

Such an object moving, thrown, hit, or kicked in a particular manner
A low ball.
A fair ball.

Boll

To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.

Ball

A game, especially baseball or basketball, played with such an object.
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Boll

The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax or cotton; a pericarp of a globular form.

Ball

A pitched baseball that does not pass through the strike zone and is not swung at by the batter.

Boll

A Scotch measure, formerly in use: for wheat and beans it contained four Winchester bushels; for oats, barley, and potatoes, six bushels. A boll of meal is 140 lbs. avoirdupois. Also, a measure for salt of two bushels.

Ball

A solid spherical or pointed projectile, such as one shot from a cannon.

Boll

To form a boll or seed vessel; to go to seed.
The barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

Ball

Projectiles of this kind considered as a group.

Boll

The rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant

Ball

A rounded part or protuberance, especially of the body
The ball of the foot.

Boll

German novelist and writer of short stories (1917-1985)

Ball

A testicle.

Ball

Balls Courage, especially when reckless.

Ball

Balls Great presumptuousness.

Ball

A formal gathering for social dancing.

Ball

(Informal) An extremely enjoyable time or experience
We had a ball during our vacation.

Ball

To form into a ball.

Ball

Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.

Ball

To become formed into a ball.

Ball

Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.

Ball

A solid or hollow sphere, or roughly spherical mass.
A ball of spittle; a fecal ball

Ball

A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
A ball of wool; a ball of twine

Ball

(mathematics) Homologue or analogue of a disk in the Euclidean plane.

Ball

(mathematics) In 3-dimensional Euclidean space, the volume bounded by a sphere.

Ball

(mathematics) The set of points in a metric space of any number of dimensions lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point.

Ball

(mathematics) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point.

Ball

A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, rifle, gun, etc.

Ball

A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.

Ball

Such bullets collectively.

Ball

A roundish, protuberant portion of some part of the body.
The ball of the thumb

Ball

(anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.

Ball

The globe; the earthly sphere.

Ball

An object that is the focus of many sports and games, in which it may be thrown, caught, kicked, bounced, rolled, chased, retrieved, hit with an instrument, spun, etc., usually roughly spherical but whose size, weight, bounciness, colour, etc. differ according to the game

Ball

Any sport or game involving a ball; its play, literally or figuratively.

Ball

A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.

Ball

An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.
If you get to a million points, you get another ball.

Ball

A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.

Ball

A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.

Ball

A testicle.

Ball

(in the plural) Nonsense.
That’s a load of balls, and you know it!

Ball

(in the plural) Courage.
I doubt he’s got the balls to tell you off.

Ball

A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.

Ball

A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.

Ball

 One thousand US dollars.

Ball

A formal dance.

Ball

(informal) A very enjoyable time.
I had a ball at that concert.

Ball

A competitive event among young African-American and Latin American LGBTQ+ people in which prizes are awarded for drag and similar performances. See ball culture.

Ball

(transitive) To form or wind into a ball.
To ball cotton

Ball

(metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

Ball

To have sexual intercourse with.

Ball

(ambitransitive) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.
The horse balls
The snow balls

Ball

To be hip or cool.

Ball

(university slang) To reject from a fraternity or sorority. (blackball)

Ball

To play basketball.

Ball

(transitive) To punish by affixing a ball and chain.

Ball

(Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.

Ball

Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

Ball

A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.

Ball

A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.

Ball

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.

Ball

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.

Ball

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.

Ball

A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.

Ball

A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.

Ball

The globe or earth.
Move round the dark terrestrial ball.

Ball

A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter, which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee (i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching four balls is called a walk.

Ball

A testicle; usually used in the plural.

Ball

Courage; nerve.

Ball

A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; - usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal.

Ball

A very enjoyable time; as, we had a ball at the wedding.

Ball

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.

Ball

To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

Ball

To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

Ball

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

Ball

A solid ball shot by a musket;
They had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball

Ball

An object with a spherical shape;
A ball of fire

Ball

The people assembled at a lavish formal dance;
The ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded

Ball

One of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens;
She kicked him in the balls and got away

Ball

A spherical object used as a plaything;
He played with his rubber ball in the bathtub

Ball

United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)

Ball

A compact mass;
A ball of mud caught him on the shoulder

Ball

A lavish formal dance

Ball

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

Ball

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!

Ball

A pitch that is not in the strike zone;
He threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him

Ball

Form into a ball by winding or rolling;
Ball wool

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