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Meaning of "ball" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BALL

From Old Norse böllr; related to Old High German balla, Italian palla French balle.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BALL

ball  [bɔːl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BALL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ball is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ball in English.

WHAT DOES BALL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ball

Ball

A ball is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players. In the context of sports, "ball" need not refer to a spherical object, as is the case in American football. Balls can also be used for simpler activities, such as catch, marbles and juggling. Balls made from hard-wearing materials are used in engineering applications to provide very low friction bearings, known as ball bearings. Black-powder weapons use stone and metal balls as projectiles. Although many types of balls are today made from rubber, this form was unknown outside the Americas until after the voyages of Columbus. The Spanish were the first Europeans to see bouncing rubber balls which were employed most notably in the Mesoamerican ballgame. Balls used in various sports in other parts of the world prior to Columbus were made from other materials such as animal bladders or skins, stuffed with various materials.

Definition of ball in the English dictionary

The first definition of ball in the dictionary is a spherical or nearly spherical body or mass. Other definition of ball is a round or roundish body, either solid or hollow, of a size and composition suitable for any of various games: football, golf, billiards, etc. Ball is also a ball propelled in a particular way in a sport.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BALL

PRESENT

Present
I ball
you ball
he/she/it balls
we ball
you ball
they ball
Present continuous
I am balling
you are balling
he/she/it is balling
we are balling
you are balling
they are balling
Present perfect
I have balled
you have balled
he/she/it has balled
we have balled
you have balled
they have balled
Present perfect continuous
I have been balling
you have been balling
he/she/it has been balling
we have been balling
you have been balling
they have been balling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I balled
you balled
he/she/it balled
we balled
you balled
they balled
Past continuous
I was balling
you were balling
he/she/it was balling
we were balling
you were balling
they were balling
Past perfect
I had balled
you had balled
he/she/it had balled
we had balled
you had balled
they had balled
Past perfect continuous
I had been balling
you had been balling
he/she/it had been balling
we had been balling
you had been balling
they had been balling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ball
you will ball
he/she/it will ball
we will ball
you will ball
they will ball
Future continuous
I will be balling
you will be balling
he/she/it will be balling
we will be balling
you will be balling
they will be balling
Future perfect
I will have balled
you will have balled
he/she/it will have balled
we will have balled
you will have balled
they will have balled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been balling
you will have been balling
he/she/it will have been balling
we will have been balling
you will have been balling
they will have been balling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ball
you would ball
he/she/it would ball
we would ball
you would ball
they would ball
Conditional continuous
I would be balling
you would be balling
he/she/it would be balling
we would be balling
you would be balling
they would be balling
Conditional perfect
I would have ball
you would have ball
he/she/it would have ball
we would have ball
you would have ball
they would have ball
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been balling
you would have been balling
he/she/it would have been balling
we would have been balling
you would have been balling
they would have been balling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ball
we let´s ball
you ball
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ball
Past participle
balled
Present Participle
balling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BALL


all
ɔːl
baseball
ˈbeɪsˌbɔːl
basketball
ˈbɑːskɪtˌbɔːl
Bengal
bɛnˈɡɔːl
call
kɔːl
fall
fɔːl
football
ˈfʊtˌbɔːl
hall
hɔːl
install
ɪnˈstɔːl
Montreal
ˌmɒntrɪˈɔːl
Nepal
nɪˈpɔːl
overall
ˈəʊvərˌɔːl
Paul
pɔːl
recall
rɪˈkɔːl
Senegal
ˌsɛnɪˈɡɔːl
small
smɔːl
softball
ˈsɒftˌbɔːl
tall
tɔːl
volleyball
ˈvɒlɪˌbɔːl
wall
wɔːl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BALL

balky
ball ammunition
ball and chain
ball bearing
ball boy
ball cartridge
ball cock
ball control
ball game
ball girl
ball gown
ball hockey
ball joint
ball lightning
ball mill
ball of fire
ball of muscle
ball pen
ball race
ball tearer

WORDS THAT END LIKE BALL

after all
and all
at all
be-all and end-all
firewall
follow-up call
for all
go to the wall
hole in the wall
in all
Kendall
mall
Marshall
on the ball
shall
shopping mall
stall
the Fall
the small
you-all

Synonyms and antonyms of ball in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BALL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ball» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ball

Translation of «ball» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BALL

Find out the translation of ball to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ball from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ball» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pelota
570 millions of speakers

English

ball
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गेंद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كُرَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мяч
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

bola
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

balle
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bola
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Ball
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ボール
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bal
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

quả bóng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பந்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बॉल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

top
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

palla
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

piłka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

м´яч
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

minge
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μπάλα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

bal
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

boll
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ball
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ball

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BALL»

The term «ball» is very widely used and occupies the 2.146 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BALL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ball» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ball» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ball

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10 QUOTES WITH «BALL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ball.
1
Gareth Bale
I probably prefer Spanish football to the others. It's very technical, the way they play; they keep the ball well, and whenever Spurs have played against Spanish teams in the past, they've always made it difficult for us.
2
Dave Barry
For me, the worst part of playing golf, by far, has always been hitting the ball.
3
Dennis Bergkamp
I love playing football, being out on the pitch with a ball, and I will be a little sad when that ends.
4
Harsha Bhogle
Like an author, a cricketer signs his name on every innings he bats or bowls in; indeed for every cricket ball that challenges him on the field.
5
Larry Bird
Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
6
Larry Bird
It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer.
7
Marco Chiudinelli
I struggled quite a long time with my backhand, which was one of my best weapons before my surgery. It took me a long time until I regained full confidence in it again and only tried to keep the ball in play at the start of the '09 season.
8
Roger Clemens
But I got a guy on third, I was in a jam the other day in a game, all those situations, when you need a strikeout there, in big spots. But we are very aware of that fact, that these guys put the ball in play.
9
Stefan Edberg
Since a month, two months ago, you know, I've started hitting the ball well. I'm playing some really good tennis. That really helps. I sort of have to motivate myself to get pumped up. It really helps my game a lot.
10
Danny Elfman
So, it becomes an exercise in futility if you write something that does not express the film as the director wishes. It's still their ball game. It's their show. I think any successful composer learns how to dance around the director's impulses.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BALL»

Discover the use of ball in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ball and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious And ...
Features four hundred recipes for salsas, savory sauces, chutneys, pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads, including instructions for beginners and tips for experienced cooks.
Judi Kingry, Lauren Devine, 2006
2
The Ball Book
People play a variety of games involving balls on the big ball that is Earth. Includes reading activities.
Margaret Hillert, 2006
3
Ball Tales: A Study of Baseball, Basketball and Football ...
This history of American sports fiction traces depictions of baseball, basketball and football in works for all age levels from early dime novels through the 1960s.
Michelle Nolan, 2010
4
Only the Ball was White: A History of Legendary Black ...
Tells the forgotten story of Black star-quality athletes excluded from professional baseball because of the big league's color line
Robert Peterson, 1970
5
Summer Ball
The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!
Mike Lupica, 2007
6
Farrow and Ball
In Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, Brian Coleman hosts a tour of cottages, castles, lofts and beyond that illustrate how paint and wallpaper are paramount to a room's overall design and feel.
Brian D. Coleman, 2009
7
Predator's Ball
Milken is purported to have offered to pay award-winning journalist Connie Bruck to stop work on this book, the fascinating story of how a singularly brilliant and intensely private investment banker essentially masterminded the creation of ...
Connie Bruck, 2013
8
Crystal Ball Reading for Beginners
"Alexandra Chauran, a second-generation fortuneteller, presents everything you need to know to begin doing crystal ball readings immediately.
Alexandra Chauran, 2011
9
Foucault, Power, and Education
Foucault, Power, and Education invites internationally renowned scholar Stephen J. Ball to reflect on the importance and influence of Foucault on his work in educational policy.
Stephen J. Ball, 2013
10
Soccer: Perfect Ball Control
Soccer Perfect Ball Control contains over 160 exercises and ball games as well as over 200 photos and 120 illustrations covering ball control, dribbling, dummying, passing, crossing and shooting.
Peter Schreiner, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BALL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ball is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Barn ball is time-honored rural Indiana tradition
Indiana's love of basketball is legendary. The passion for the sport runs down every country road. It's attached to trees, hangs on the sides of buildings and is ... «WTHR, Jul 15»
2
Ex-Ball State official still criminal target
MUNCIE – Ball State University says it still has not received any restitution from two securities fraud defendants who stole $13.1 million. «Indianapolis Star, Jul 15»
3
Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo Deserving Winners Of Golden Ball, Gloves At …
Lloyd won the Golden Ball Award at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA announced Sunday following the United States' 5-2 win over ... «NESN.com, Jul 15»
4
Four-Ball: Rory McIlroy's injury puts Open title defense in doubt
With the Monday morning news of a ruptured ligament in his ankle, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy's chances of defending his Open Championship ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
5
UPDATE: Foul Ball Injury at Hillcats Game Spurs Baseball Safety …
Stephanie Chapman says the ball popped up behind the batter into the stands so quickly, she didn't have time to react. Lynchburg City Stadium ... «WSET, Jul 15»
6
Ball Corp Delivers Optical Reference Flight Units
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., a unit of Ball Corporation (BLL ... Ball Corporation's GRACE Follow-On effort is an advancement of the ... «Zacks.com, Jul 15»
7
Great American Ball Park getting ready for All-Star Game
All the lights will be shining on Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park next week preparations have begun. Rick Stowe, the Reds clubhouse and ... «FOXSports.com, Jul 15»
8
Manu Ginobili announces he's coming back, as Spurs' strong …
But if they make one, it'll feel only right to see them do so with Manu on the ball, catching the defense off-guard with that herky-jerk style, making ... «Yahoo Sports, Jul 15»
9
Ask a Trooper: Is it illegal to have a ball hitch if I'm not pulling …
Q: I was wondering if it is illegal to have the ball hitch in the receiver of my truck if I am not pulling any trailers at that time? Also is it illegal to ... «Duluth News Tribune, Jul 15»
10
England put shirt on 'ball-deadening grip' for Rugby World Cup
The new jerseys, with 3D red rose, are more of a work of art and science but fans will have to shell out three figures and will the kit – and team ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Ball [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ball>. Aug 2019 ».
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