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1. a round or roundish body, either solid or hollow, of a size and composition suitable for any of various games, such as football, golf, billiards, etc
2. Cricket a single delivery of the ball by the bowler to the batsman
3. Baseball a single delivery of the ball by a pitcher outside certain limits and not swung at by the batter
4. Vet science another word for bolus
5. Horticulture the hard mass of roots and earth removed with the rest of the plant during transplanting


John. died 1381, English priest: executed as one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (1381)



(from French baile). (1) Conventional unit (in English, number) for measuring stages or intensity of certain phenomena (for example, in meteorology for measuring wind and cloud velocities; in seismology, the force of the vacillating crust of the earth).

(2) A numerical notation (in English, mark or grade) of evaluation of the academic progress and behavior of students. In the general-education schools of prerevolutionary Russia, both five-ball and 12-ball systems were used. In the USSR, a five-ball system was introduced into the primary, eight-year, secondary, and specialized secondary schools in 1944 and remains in effect to the present day. According to this system, 5 means excellent, 4 is good, 3 is satisfactory, 2 is poor, and 1 is very poor. In the schools of certain other countries, the highest ball may be 1 (for example, in the German Democratic Republic, which uses a five-ball system), or a different number of balls, may be used (for example, a 10 is used in the Netherlands and an 11 in Italy).

(3) Numerical measurement (in English, point) of the results of a contest in some types of sport (such as gymnastics, swimming, and figure skating).

(4) Evaluation of the quality of agricultural livestock in exhibitions.

(5) As used in balloting [to refer to the small object dropped into the box or urn in some forms of secret voting].



an item of sports equipment, usually spherical, having the property of elastic deformation. It is used primarily in team sports.

Most balls, for example, those used in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and rugby, are hollow (with a casing and a rubber bladder).

Table 1
Sport1Circumference at diameter cross section (mm)Weight (g)
1 Children’s balls for these sports are lighter in weight and smaller in circumference.
2 Handballs for women are lighter in weight and smaller in circumference
Basketball ..............750–800600–650
Water polo ..............680–710400–450
Volleyball ..............640–660260–280
Rugby ..............760–790 
 (long axis) 
 (short axis) 
Handball2 ..............580–600425–475
Soccer ..............680–700400–450
Tennis ..............200–20856.7–58.5
Table tennis ..............37.2–38.22.40–2.53

Some balls consist of a dense, compact core, made by molding various materials, and are covered with a casing of synthetic materials or leather (for example, those used in bandy and field hockey). A special group consists of hollow balls (without bladder chambers) with a constant pressure (for example, tennis balls, table-tennis balls, and balls used in artistic gymnastics).

The color of balls used in different games is strictly regulated: white for table tennis, badminton, and field hockey, and orange for bandy. Balls used in soccer, volleyball, handball, and water polo are traditionally made of 18 or 32 sections according to specified configurations. For the sizes and weights of sports balls see Table 1.

The ball used for playing badminton is a shuttlecock, which consists of a plastic or cork head, usually covered with rubber, and a cone-shaped plastic or feather stabilizer. The diameter of the head is 25–28 mm, and the greatest diameter of the stabilizer is 65 mm. The overall length of the shuttlecock measures 65–70 mm, and the weight ranges from 4.5 to 4.8 g.

In addition to sports balls, there are stuffed balls, which are used for training purposes, for example, medicine balls that weigh from 1 to 5 kg. Balls fastened to springs or pulleys and balls suspended from ropes are used in various sports training devices.


What does it mean when you dream about a ball?

Balls can indicate everything from a game or some other form of relaxation to memories from our childhood. Balls can also have metaphorical connotations, such as being “tossed around,” “the ball’s in your court,” “having a ball” (having a good time) and “having balls” (courage). Any of these may be helpful in determining the meaning of this dream. A deeper, more universal symbolism is that circles and balls represent completeness and wholeness.


A low sand ridge, underwater by high tide, which extends generally parallel with the shoreline; usually separated by an intervening trough from the beach.
A spheroidal mass of sedimentary material.
Common name for a nodule, especially of ironstone.
(mechanical engineering)
In fine grinding, one of the crushing bodies used in a ball mill.
A bullet for general use, as distinguished from bullets for special uses such as armor-piercing, incendiary, or high explosive.
A small-arms solid propellant which is oblate spheroidal in shape, generally a double-base propellant.
References in classic literature ?
The quarter to five has struck, and the play slackens for a minute before goal; but there is Crew, the artful dodger, driving the ball in behind our goal, on the island side, where our quarters are weakest.
Reckless of the defence of their own goal, on they come across the level big-side ground, the ball well down amongst them, straight for our goal, like the column of the Old Guard up the slope at Waterloo.
The ball rolls slowly in behind the School-house goal, not three yards in front of a dozen of the biggest School players-up.
The blood of all the Browns is up, and the two rush in together, and throw themselves on the ball, under the very feet of the advancing column--the prepostor on his hands and knees, arching his back, and Tom all along on his face.
Presently more boys and bigger came out, and boys from other houses on their way to calling-over, and more balls were sent for.
are the cries; and all stray balls are impounded by the authorities, and the whole mass of boys moves up towards the two goals, dividing as they go into three bodies.
PTV : 270-10 in 50 overs: (Saud Shakeel 82, 98 balls, 8x4s, 1x6, Hassan Mohsin 55, 36 balls, 6x4s, 1x6, Ali Khan 40, 58 balls, 3x4s, Ali Imran 28, 25 balls, 3x4s, Sadaf Hussain 4-63, Ahmed Ali 3-83)
When the balls knock against each other, the cue ball also transfers momentum to the colored ball.
So far, the Texas experiments indicate that the new ball bounces less elastically, veers more when it bounces, and becomes more slippery when damp than does the official leather ball of the past 35 years.
The complaints about the new synthetic ball range from it being too hard to handle once it gets wet to sticking to players' hands the way the leather ball never did.
Medicine ball exercises emphasize movements, not individual muscles.
The defenders have to resist the temptation to follow a player or the ball over the midfield line.