Meaning of BALL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ bɔ:l ]

( balls, balling, balled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A ball is a round object that is used in games such as tennis, baseball, football, basketball, and cricket.

...a golf ball.

...a tennis ball.



A ball is something or an amount of something that has a round shape.

Thomas screwed the letter up into a ball...

They heard a loud explosion and saw a ball of fire go up.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


When you ball something or when it balls , it becomes round.

He picked up the sheets of paper, and balled them tightly in his fists...

His hands balled into fists...

VERB : V n adv / prep , V adv / prep


The ball of your foot or the ball of your thumb is the rounded part where your toes join your foot or where your thumb joins your hand.

N-COUNT : usu the N of n


A ball is a large formal social event at which people dance.



A man’s balls are his testicles. ( INFORMAL, RUDE )

N-COUNT : usu pl


see also balls


If you say that the ball is in someone’s court , you mean that it is his or her responsibility to take the next action or decision in a situation.

The ball’s now in your court–you have to decide what you’re going to do.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you get the ball rolling , set the ball rolling , or start the ball rolling , you start something happening.

He will go to the Middle East next week to get the ball rolling again on peace talks...

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone is on the ball , they are very alert and aware of what is happening.

She really is on the ball; she’s bought houses at auctions so she knows what she’s doing.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If someone refuses to play ball , they are unwilling to do what someone wants them to do. ( INFORMAL )

The association has threatened to withdraw its support if the banks and building societies refuse to play ball.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.