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(in a metric space) the set of points whose distance from the zero element is less than, or less than or equal to, a specified number. Relevant QuestionsWhat Is A Ball?How Do You Make A Rubberband Ball?How To Create A Crystal BallHow To Make Snow BallsHow To Separate Stamp BallsHow Do You Make Rice Balls?What Is A Ball?How To Separate Stamp BallsHow To Create A Crystal BallHow Do You Make A Rubberband Ball? verb (used with object)14.to make into a ball (sometimes followed by up ): The children were balling up snow to make a snowman. 15.to wind into balls: to ball cotton. 16.Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.verb (used without object)17.to form or gather into a ball: When the spun sugar balls, the candy has cooked sufficiently. 18.Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.Verb phrases 19.ball up, Slang. to make or become utterly confused; muddle: The records had been all balled up by inefficient file clerks. Idioms 20.ball the jack, Slang.a.to act with speed. b.to stake everything on one attempt. 21.carry the ball, to assume the responsibility; bear the burden: You can always count on him to carry the ball in an emergency. 22.drop the ball, to make a mistake or miss an opportunity at a critical moment. 23.keep the ball rolling, to continue or give renewed vigor to an activity already under way: When their interest lagged, he tried to keep the ball rolling. 24.on the ball, a.alert and efficient or effective: If you don't get on the ball, you'll be fired. b.indicating intelligence or ability: The tests show your students don't have much on the ball. The new manager has a lot on the ball. 25.play ball, a.to begin or continue playing a game. b.to start or continue any action. c.to work together; cooperate: union leaders suspected of playing ball with racketeers. 26.run with the ball, to assume responsibility or work enthusiastically: If management approves the concept, we'll run with the ball. 27.start the ball rolling, to put into operation; begin: The recreation director started the ball rolling by having all the participants introduce themselves. Origin:
1175-1225; Middle English bal, balle Old French Germanic *ballaz; compare Old Norse b?llr, Old High German bal, ballo, balla, German Ball, Dutch bal; perhaps akin to Latin follis leather bag; see ballock(s)
Related formsballer, noun
Can be confused:bald, balled, bawled.Dictionary.com Unabridgedball2 /b?l/ Show Spelled [bawl] Show IPAnoun1.a large, usually lavish, formal party featuring social dancing and sometimes given for a particular purpose, as to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization. 2.Informal. a thoroughly good time: Have a ball on your vacation!Origin:
1625-35; French bal, noun derivative of baler (now baller) to dance Late Latin ball?re Greek (Magna Graecia) ball?zein to dance
Ball /b?l/ Show Spelled [bawl] Show IPAnoun1.George W(ildman) /'wa?ldm?n/ Show Spelled [wahyld-muhn] Show IPA , 1909-1994, U.S. lawyer, investment banker, and government official. 2.John, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler's peasants' revolt in 1381. 3.Lucille, 1911-89, U.S. actress.Dictionary.com Unabridged
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Cite This Source|Link To ballCollinsWorld English Dictionaryball1 (b?:l) --n 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, etc3. 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 batsman6. baseball a single delivery of the ball by a pitcher outside certain limits and not swung at by the batter7. a. Compare shell a solid nonexplosive projectile for a firearm b. such projectiles collectively8. any more or less rounded part or protuberance: the ball of the foot 9. slang See balls a testicle10. vet science another word for bolus 11. horticulture the hard mass of roots and earth removed with the rest of the plant during transplanting12. (Austral) ball of muscle a very strong, fit, or forceful person13. have the ball at one's feet to have the chance of doing something14. keep the ball rolling to maintain the progress of a project, plan, etc15. informal on the ball alert; informed16. informal play ball to cooperate17. 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 --vb 19. (tr) to make, form, wind, etc, into a ball or balls: to ball wool 20. (intr) to gather into a ball or balls21. 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 (b?:l) --n 1. a social function for dancing, esp one that is lavish or formal2. 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 ball?re to dance, from Greek ballizein]
Ball (b?:l) --n John. died 1381, English priest: executed as one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (1381)
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Cite This SourceEtymonlineWord Origin & History
ball
"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.
ball
"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.Online Etymology Dictionary, (C) 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This SourceAmerican HeritageMedical Dictionary
ball (b?l)
n.

A spherical object or mass.

A bezoar.

A large pill or bolus.
The American Heritage(R) Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Cite This SourceSlang Dictionary

ball definition
n.
a wild time at a party; a good time. :We really had a ball. See ya!n.
a testicle. (Usually plural. Usually objectionable. See also balls.) :The teacher preferred "testicles" to "balls," if they had to be mentioned at all.in.
to enjoy oneself. (Ambiguous with the next sense.) :The whole crowd was balling and having a fine time.in.
to depart; to leave. :It's late. Let's ball.tv. & in.
to copulate [with] someone. (Usually objectionable.) :Isn't there anything more to you than balling?in.
to play a ball game. (Probably a deliberate pun on sense 5.) :Bob's out balling with the guys.Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This SourceAmerican HeritageIdioms & Phrases
ball

In addition to the idioms beginning with ball, also see behind the eight ball; break one's balls; by the balls; carry the ball; crystal ball; drop the ball; eyeball to eyeball; get the ball rolling; have a ball; have one's eye on the ball; have someone by the balls; on the ball; play ball; put in mothballs; snowball's chance in hell; that's how the ball bounces; whole ball of wax.
The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright (C) 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This SourceExample sentences People have reported seeing ball lightning-a rare phenomenon that resembles a glowing sphere of electricity-for hundreds of years.Here, sharks and dolphins herd schooling prey into a whirling sphere near the surface called a bait ball.The host of the party will be tossing the first ball.The ball of my foot has been sore and inflamed for probably two months now.Follow the bouncing ball of unintended economic consequences.Whoever reaches the end point with the ball first gets the winnings, usually goods put in a pile before the race begins.Ball spin contributes about one half of a golf ball's lift.Tap sharply on the bottom and sides to loosen the root ball.And a new ball would be used whenever the one in play showed any sign of wear.When a pitcher throws a knuckleball, the ball has no rotation and appears to flutter.Use Dictionary.com faster without ads >>Related Wordsobject ballholekickball gamebowlbullycarom balldriveexercise ballfootballshootvolleyMORESlangAfrican golf ballair ballB-ballball so/sth upball of fireball offball upball-breakerball-busterball-bustingballed upbehind the eight ballIdioms & Phrasesballbehind the eight ballbreak one's ballsby the ballscarry the ballMOREImages for ballImage for ballMatching Quote"What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
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