Meaning of BALL in English

BALL

I.

noun

1 round object in games

ADJECTIVE

▪ bowling , cricket , golf , ping-pong/Ping-Pong™ , rugby , soccer ( esp. AmE ), tennis , etc.

▪ beach

▪ match , practice

▪ rubber

VERB + BALL

▪ play with

▪ head , hit , kick

The kids love to kick a ~ against my wall.

▪ throw , toss

▪ bowl , pitch

▪ bat , blast , drive , pound , strike

▪ roll

▪ bounce , dribble

▪ chip , volley

▪ clear , cross , pass

▪ move , run

▪ catch , stop

He caught the ~.

▪ control , trap

▪ get , grab , steal

▪ chase

▪ retrieve , run down

▪ return

The fielders try to retrieve the ~ quickly and return it to the bowler.

▪ miss

The catcher missed the ~.

▪ drop , let go of

Oh no! He's dropped the ~.

▪ handle , touch

▪ give away ( BrE ), lose

▪ win ( esp. BrE )

▪ keep , retain ( BrE )

BALL + VERB

▪ go , travel

▪ float , fly , roll , sail , soar

The ~ flew over the fence.

▪ spin

▪ hit , land , strike

The ~ hit me on the head.

▪ bounce , rebound , ricochet

BALL + NOUN

▪ game

▪ control , handling , skills

His ~ control was excellent.

▪ carrier , handler (both AmE )

He's an excellent ~ handler.

2 ( AmE ) baseball

ADJECTIVE

▪ college

▪ pro , professional

VERB + BALL

▪ play

BALL + NOUN

▪ player

▪ team

▪ cap

3 kick/hit of a ball

ADJECTIVE

▪ loose

▪ high , low

He sent over a high ~.

▪ long , short

▪ quick , slow

▪ good , great , superb (all esp. BrE )

▪ bad ( esp. BrE )

▪ curve (= that changes direction unpredictably) ( esp. AmE )

The plot throws a few curve ~s along the way to keep you guessing. ( figurative )

▪ foul

▪ hand (usually handball ) (in football/soccer)

He was penalized for handball.

VERB + BALL

▪ play , send

▪ pick up , pounce on , punish

He pounced on a loose ~ and scored.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ from

a great ~ from Rooney

4 round object like a ball

ADJECTIVE

▪ tight

▪ fiery

The sun was a fiery ~, low on the hills.

▪ crystal

Without a crystal ~ it's impossible to say where we'll be next year.

▪ cannon

▪ wrecking

▪ cotton ( AmE )

▪ disco

▪ medicine (= heavy ball used as a weight)

VERB + BALL

▪ curl (up) into , roll (up) into

The little girl curled up into a ~ in her mother's arms.

▪ form sth into , make sth into , roll sth (up) into , screw sth (up) into , shape sth into

He screwed the letter up into a tight ~.

PHRASES

▪ a ~ and chain ( figurative )

The responsibility was a ~ and chain around my ankle.

5 party

ADJECTIVE

▪ charity ( esp. BrE ), college ( BrE ), hunt ( BrE )

▪ costume , fancy-dress ( esp. BrE ), masked

We're going to a masked ~.

VERB + BALL

▪ have , hold , organize

We're organizing a charity ~.

▪ attend , go to

BALL + NOUN

▪ dress , gown

PREPOSITION

▪ at a/the ~

She met him at the ~.

II.

verb

Ball is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ fist

Ball is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ fist

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .