Slang: to have sex. "Your sister? Yeah, I balled her." "We were up balling til the wee hours."

Ball (bol), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. böllr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st Bale, n., Pallmall.]


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


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


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


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cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.


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. White.


The globe or earth. Pope.

Move round the dark terrestrial ball.

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. Knight. --
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.

Syn. -- See Globe.


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Ball, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Balled (bold); p. pr. & vb. n. Balling.]

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.


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Ball, v. t.

1. (Metal.)

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


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


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Ball, n. [F. bal, fr. OF. baler to dance, fr. LL. ballare. Of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. ba`llein to toss or throw, or pa`llein, pa`llesqai, to leap, bound, balli`zein to dance, jump about; or cf. 1st Ball, n.]

A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.


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Ball, n. (Baseball)

A pitched ball, not struck at by the batsman, which fails to pass over the home base at a height not greater than the batsman's shoulder nor less than his knee.


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