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Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st Bale, n., Pallmall.]

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) 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.

  6. (Print.) 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cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.

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

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

  9. The globe or earth.

    Move round the dark terrestrial ball.

  10. (Baseball) 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.

    10. a testicle; usually used in the plural. [vulgar]

  11. pl. courage; nerve. [vulgar]

    Ball and socket joint, a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits.

    Ball bearings, a mechanical device for lessening the friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal balls.

    Ball cartridge, a cartridge containing a ball, as distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only powder.

    Ball cock, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of a lever.

    Ball gudgeon, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining the pivot in its socket.

    Ball lever, the lever used in a ball cock.

    Ball of the eye, the eye itself, as distinguished from its lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.

    Ball valve (Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a valve.

    Ball vein (Mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.

    Three balls, or Three golden balls, a pawnbroker's sign or shop.

    on the ball alert; competent and knowledgeable.

    to carry the ball to carry on the task; to assume the responsibility.

    to drop the ball to fail to perform as expected; to fail to live up to a responsibility.

    Syn: See Globe.


n. 1 (plural of bullet English) 2 (context poker slang English) A pair of aces as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

Bullets (Creed song)

"Bullets" is the second single from Creed's third album, Weathered. It is regarded as the heaviest single of the band.

Bullets (Editors song)

"Bullets" is a song by British post-punk revival band Editors and is featured on their 2005 debut album, The Back Room. It was originally released 24 January 2005 as their first single. The single was mixed by Cenzo Townshend and the video made for the song was directed by Mike Brady. Both editions of the original single were limited to 500 copies. It was then re-released 26 September 2005 as the fourth single from the album (see 2005 in British music). A new single version was re-recorded and produced by Jacknife Lee and a second video was made for the song, directed by Martin de Thurah.

Usage examples of "bullets".

The blue shirts shot at the overhead rafters in reply with no appreciable effect, the bullets burying themselves in the massive oak timbers.

The bullets noisily punched through the machine, and the engine whoofed into flames.

Acrid black smoke from the homemade rounds masked the battlefield as bullets flew thick across the grassy slope.

Three cannies cried out, and the rest hit the dirt, returning fire, the whole expanse of bushes shaking from the passage of bullets.

With the bag of bullets the outlanders gave him, Daffer could damn near drink himself to death.

But Daffer would never forget how the big man took half a dozen of the little bullets in the chest and still survived.

Ryan cursed behind a credenza, the heavy oak sideboard shuddering from the impact of bullets, the ancient china plates stacked neatly inside shattering at every strike.

Safely ensconced behind heavy steamer trunks and from inside doorways, the company of blue shirts down the hallway sprayed streams of bullets at the companions.

A hail of bullets peppered the parapet, clipping a fang off the sideways gargoyle, and J.

The ground spurted at their feet from the impact of numerous bullets, and the companions raced across the smooth field into the safety of the trees, the thick canopy of branches closing off any view of the brightening sky.

A STEADY RAIN of bullets chattered from the palisades of Front Royal, the tattered leaves falling from the trees as Ryan and the other men retreated deeper into the forest until reaching a woody glen.

At the front door, he stuck out the Thompson and sprayed bullets around in a circle.

Sparks flew from the rounds as they struck the Kalashnikov, but the other bullets garnished meaty thumps, and the would-be killer crumpled to the dirt road.

Designed to withstand the worst possible of storms, the antenna still cracked under the fusillade of bullets.

Overton cried, as the rounds started to cook off, bullets flying every which way in a totally random pattern.