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Meaning of "wrecking ball" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WRECKING BALL

wrecking ball  [ˈrekɪŋ bɔːl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WRECKING BALL

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conjunction
determiner
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Wrecking ball is 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.

WHAT DOES WRECKING BALL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wrecking ball

Wrecking ball

A wrecking ball is a heavy steel ball, usually hung from a crane, that is used for demolishing large buildings. It was most commonly in use during the 1950s and 1960s. Several wrecking companies claim to have invented the wrecking ball. An early documented use was in the breaking up of the SS Great Eastern in 1888-1889, by Henry Bath and Co, at Rock Ferry on the river Mersey. In 1999, the wrecking ball was described as "one of the most common forms of large-scale coarse demolition." Although the wrecking ball is still the most efficient way to raze a concrete frame structure, its use is decreasing. With the invention of hydraulic excavators and other machinery, the wrecking ball has become less common at demolition sites as its working efficiency is less than that of high reach excavators. ...

Definition of wrecking ball in the English dictionary

The definition of wrecking ball in the dictionary is a heavy metal ball swung by a crane to demolish a building. Other definition of wrecking ball is something that destroys the current situation.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WRECKING BALL


ball
bɔːl
baseball
ˈbeɪsˌbɔːl
basketball
ˈbɑːskɪtˌbɔːl
cannonball
ˈkænənˌbɔːl
eyeball
ˈaɪˌbɔːl
eyeball-to-eyeball
ˌaɪbɔːltəˈaɪbɔːl
fireball
ˈfaɪəˌbɔːl
football
ˈfʊtˌbɔːl
gumball
ˈɡʌmbɔːl
handball
ˈhændˌbɔːl
meatball
ˈmiːtˌbɔːl
netball
ˈnɛtˌbɔːl
oddball
ˈɒdˌbɔːl
pinball
ˈpɪnˌbɔːl
puffball
ˈpʌfˌbɔːl
racquetball
ˈrækɪtˌbɔːl
snowball
ˈsnəʊˌbɔːl
softball
ˈsɒftˌbɔːl
trackball
ˈtrækˌbɔːl
volleyball
ˈvɒlɪˌbɔːl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WRECKING BALL

wreathless
wreathlike
wreathy
wreck
wreckage
wrecked
wrecker
wreckfish
wreckful
wrecking
wrecking bar
wrecking crane
wreckmaster
Wrekin
wren
wrench
wrencher
wrenchingly
wrest
wrest pin

WORDS THAT END LIKE WRECKING BALL

American football
beach ball
billiard ball
bonus ball
costume ball
crystal ball
cue ball
dead ball
debutante ball
eight ball
golf ball
jump ball
masked ball
medicine ball
on the ball
play ball
punching ball
stress ball
Swiss ball
tea ball
tennis ball

Synonyms and antonyms of wrecking ball in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wrecking ball» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WRECKING BALL

Find out the translation of wrecking ball to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wrecking 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 «wrecking ball» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

破碎球
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

bola de demolición
570 millions of speakers

English

wrecking ball
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रेकिंग बॉल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تدمير الكرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

вредительство мяч
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Wrecking Ball
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

Wrecking বল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

boulet de démolition
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bola menghancurkan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Abrissbirne
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

建物解体用の鉄球
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

난파 공
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wrecking ball
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

phá hoại bóng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பந்து வீசுகிறது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

wrecking चेंडू
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yıkım topu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Maglio sferico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

burzenie piłkę
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

шкідництво м´яч
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

minge demolari
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καταστρέφοντας σφαίρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verwoesting bal
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

haverera boll
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

wrecking ball
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wrecking ball

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WRECKING BALL»

The term «wrecking ball» is quite widely used and occupies the 26.452 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WRECKING BALL» OVER TIME

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

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WRECKING BALL»

Discover the use of wrecking ball in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wrecking ball and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Wrecking Ball
Fueled by drugs, sex, and high living, a group of wealthy and rebellious friends--Alice, Harry, Rose, and Hugo--live life on the edge as they move through a lost world of indulgence, addiction, excess, decadent parties, underground music, ...
Christiana Spens, 2008
2
Who Swings the Wrecking Ball?: Working on a Building Site
This book presents the variety of fascinating jobs found on a construction site, from demolition experts to iron workers.
Mary Meinking, Mary Chambers, 2011
3
Energy Inquiry Card--Wrecking Ball Mayhem
A wrecking ball is a heavy steel ball. It hangs from a crane. A wrecking ball can destroy an entire building. It does this with mechanical energy. Mechanical energy is the energy that an object has because of its motion or position. An object that ...
‎2014
4
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball: Authentic Guitar Tab Editon
Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album, is a statement on modern American life set to The Boss's perfect fusion of rock and folk/Americana.
Bruce Springsteen, 2012
5
Removing Concrete from Bridges
A wrecking ball is attached to a crane and either dropped or swung into the element to be demolished. The wrecking ball may weigh up to 7 tons (6100 kg), though balls in the range 0.5 to 2 tons (450 to 1 800 kg) are more usual ...
David G. Manning, 1991
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The Cosmic Sphere
When a wrecking ball smashes into a brick wall, the energy of the speeding wrecking ball does not vanish upon collision. Rather, the wrecking ball's energy is exchanged with the energy of other matter. The wrecking ball's energy transforms ...
Kip K. Sewell, 1999
7
Builder of the Spirit: Are You a Builder Or a Wrecking Ball?
Takes you through the construction of a house & relates each process to the qualities we need to build into our lives. Down to earth & practical.
Greg Allen, 2002
8
Sammy and the Wrecking Ball
Flying debris and a whirling dust storm prevent Sammy from fleeing the construction site. Find out if Sammy can use his reptilian wits to escape the wrecking ball and discover a new home.
Marguerite Sansone, 2013
9
The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art: Embodied Research and Practice
As viewers entered the silent, darkened space of the installation they found themselves in an anomalous space, in‐between the stationary wrecking ball on the floor and the video projected motions of her eye. When, at random intervals, the ...
Charles R. Garoian, 2013
10
Ordaining Reality Made Easy: A Guide for Creating the Future
This concept is much simpler than it sounds, and can be easily understood via an example. Imagine that you had at your disposal a perfectly spherical and smooth one-ton wrecking ball, which was resting upon a surface. Now imagine that you ...
Joseph E. Donlan, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WRECKING BALL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wrecking ball is used in the context of the following news items.
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Watch Anne Hathaway Swing Epic 'Wrecking Ball' on 'Lip Sync Battle'
Anne Hathaway came in like a "Wrecking Ball" for Thursday's Lip Sync Battle versus Emily Blunt. Borrowing Miley Cyrus' distinct video look of a tank-top and ... «RollingStone.com, Apr 15»
2
Anne Hathaway Goes Full Miley for "Wrecking Ball" Lip Sync Battle …
A far cry from Fantine! Anne Hathaway just pulled off what's arguably going to be her most talked-about performance since her Oscar-winning role in Les ... «Us Magazine, Apr 15»
3
Iconic wartime US factory saved from wrecking ball
Iconic wartime US factory saved from wrecking ball. Michigan plant made famous by 1940s American heroine Rosie the Riveter to be turned into a museum. «Telegraph.co.uk, May 14»
4
Bad Miley Cyrus, humans can't act as a wrecking ball, say scientists
Scientists have questioned Miley Cyrus's ability to arrive 'like a wrecking ball' - pointing out she would have to travel at over 316 mph to cause a similar impact, ... «Daily Mail, Apr 14»
5
Like a Wrecking Ball: In Defense of Miley
Updated February 21, 2014: 5 p.m. EST.: A previous version of this blog contained sections about a sibling whose privacy the author worried was being violated. «Huffington Post, Jan 14»
6
'Wrecking Ball' writer admits song was penned during Beyonce …
"'Wrecking Ball' was not written for Beyoncé," said the rep, in a statement to US website Radar. "Originally, the [songwriting session between Dr. Luke and ... «Gigwise, Jan 14»
7
New Miley Cyrus 'Adore You' Video More Sexually Explicit Than …
New Miley Cyrus 'Adore You' Video More Sexually Explicit Than 'Wrecking Ball'? Watch Miley Touch Herself On-Camera [Video]. 0 Comments; Print; E-mail. «Latin Post, Dec 13»
8
'Wrecking Ball' YouTuber Steve Kardynal Receives Gift From Miley …
For his chat roulette video, Steve Kardynal lip synced Cyrus' emotional song “Wrecking Ball.” The best part of the video is that Kardynal actually swung from a ... «The Inquisitr, Dec 13»
9
London Grammar's 'Wrecking Ball' Cover Cuts Down The Destruction
The sweeping pop production of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," paired with its music video, evokes a very different feeling than the song's rendition provided by ... «Huffington Post, Dec 13»
10
The Most Popular Music Videos Of 2013 Are Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking
"Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" top the list, while the lascivious "Blurred Lines" and spirited "Roar" round out some of the remaining slots. Here's the top 10 ... «Huffington Post, Dec 13»

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« EDUCALINGO. Wrecking ball [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wrecking-ball>. Jun 2021 ».
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