ball

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[[t]bɔl[/t]]
n.
1) a spherical or approximately spherical body; sphere
2) a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for use in games, as baseball, football, or golf
3) gam a game played with a ball, esp. baseball or softball
4) spo a pitched ball in baseball that is not swung at by the batter and does not pass through the strike zone
5) mil
a) a solid, spherical projectile for a weapon
b) projectiles collectively
6) a part, esp. of the human body, that is rounded or protuberant:
the ball of the thumb[/ex]
7) sts Vulgar Slang. a testicle
8) cvb sts balls, Slang: Usu. Vulgar.
a) boldness; courage
b) nonsense (often used as an interjection)
9) a planetary or celestial body, esp. the earth
10) to make into a ball or balls
11) cvb sts Vulgar Slang. to have sexual intercourse with
12) coo cvb to form or gather into a ball
13) cvb sts Vulgar Slang. to have sexual intercourse
14) phv+sts ball up, to make into a mess; confuse
Etymology: 1175-1225; < OF < Gmc *ballaz; cf. OHG bal, ON bǫllr ball′er, n. II
ball
[[t]bɔl[/t]] n.
1) a large, usu. lavish, formal party featuring social dancing, sometimes given to introduce debutantes or benefit a charitable organization
2) inf Informal. a thoroughly good time
Etymology: 1625–35; < F bal, n. der. of bal(l)er to dance < LL ballāre < Gk ballízein

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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