# Definitions and Synonyms of *ball* | Another word for *ball* | What is *ball? *

*Definition 1: a pitch that is not in the strike zone - [noun denoting act]*

*Definition 2: a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs - [noun denoting act]*

*Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*he played baseball in high school**there was a baseball game on every empty lot**there was a desire for National League ball in the area**play ball!*

*Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition*

*(ball* is the domain which ... is member of) a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a batted or served ball that skims along close to the ground

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) playing baseball for money

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) baseball as distinguished from softball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team no hits

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) an English ball game similar to baseball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a form of baseball played in the streets with a rubber ball and broomstick handle

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

*"he came all the way around on Williams' hit"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball

*"the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (sports) dropping the ball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity

*"he swung late on the fastball"*

*"he showed batters nothing but smoke"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) handling the ball while playing in the field

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls

*"he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a very long fly ball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a short high fly ball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball

*"you only get 3 outs per inning"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base

*"the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout)

*"the first baseman made 15 putouts"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) an out resulting from the batter getting three strikes

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter

*"the batter hit a liner to the shortstop"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a running catch made near the ground

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit

*"he was at bat when it happened"*

*"he got four hits in four at-bats"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a play executed by a baseball team

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)

*"take me out to the ballpark"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) equipment used in playing baseball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score

*"he ruled that the runner failed to touch home"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat

*"the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the fourth position in the batting order (usually filled by the best batter on the team)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a special rule (as in baseball) dealing with situations that arise due to the nature of the playing grounds

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a minor-league team that is owned by a major-league team (especially in baseball)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) the most important league in any sport (especially baseball)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

*"he took a long lead off first"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the area over home plate between a batter's knees and shoulders through which a pitch must pass in order to be called a strike

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) an athlete who plays baseball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a coach of baseball players

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) someone who teaches batters how to bat better

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) an assistant baseball coach in charge of pitchers

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who plays first base

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a person who plays a position in the infield

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a person who plays in the outfield

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a pitcher who throws with the right hand

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who does the pitching

*"our pitcher has a sore arm"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a pitcher who throws screwballs

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who plays second base

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who plays the shortstop position

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a pitcher who starts in a baseball game

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) the person who plays third base

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a measure of a batter's performance; the number of base hits divided by the number of official times at bat

*"Ted Williams once had a batting average above .400"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (an extension of the baseball term) the proportion of times some effort succeeds

*"the salesman's batting average was 7 out of 12"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) a measure of a fielder's performance; the number of assists and putouts divided by the number of chances

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) an unofficial title won by a batter who leads the league in hitting average, runs batted in, and home runs

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder

*"fumble a grounder"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) act as a backstop

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) exert full strength

*"The pitcher bore down"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) be the catcher

*"Who is catching?"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) intercept (a player)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) steal a base

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) obtain a base on balls

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) cause a run or runner to be scored

*"His line double drove in Jim Lemon with the winning run"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) give a base on balls to

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a foul ball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) cause to get out

*"The pitcher retired three batters"*

*"the runner was put out at third base"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) retire

*"he was put out at third base on a long throw from left field"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) make an out by hitting the ball on the ground

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a fly

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) bounce a ball so that it becomes an out

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a pop-fly

*"He popped out to shortstop"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit onto the ground

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a groundball

*"he grounded to the second baseman"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

*"pull the ball"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit or play a ball successfully

*"The batter connected for a home run"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a single

*"the batter singled to left field"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a two-base hit

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) hit a three-base hit

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) strike with, or as if with a baseball bat

*"bat the ball"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) use a bat

*"Who's batting?"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) have a turn at bat

*"Jones bats first, followed by Martinez"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) bat right-handed against a left-handed and left-handed against a right-handed pitcher

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) put out or be put out by a strikeout

*"Oral struck out three batters to close the inning"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) throw with an underhand motion

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) touch a player while he is holding the ball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) tag the base runner to get him out

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) cause to be out on a fielding play

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

*"He drew a base on balls"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) run around the bases, in baseball

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter

*"the pitch was away (or wide)"*

*"an outside pitch"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (of a baseball) hit between the foul lines

*"he hit a fair ball over the third base bag"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) between the first and third base lines

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) having reached a base without being put out

*"the runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) not allowed to continue to bat or run

*"he was tagged out at second on a close play"*

*"he fanned out"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) used of a player skilled in stealing the ball or robbing a batter of a hit

*"a ball-hawking center fielder"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) of a game (or the pitching) in which a pitcher allows the opponent no hits

*"a no-hit pitcher"*

*"a no-hit game"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) unofficial championship title for player who heads the league in batting average and home runs and runs batted in

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) (of a batter) without a hit

*"he went hitless for three innings"*

### (ball is the domain which ... is member of) on first or second or third base

*"Their second homer with Bob Allison aboard"*

## Definition 3: round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games - [noun denoting artifact]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve**the mayor threw out the first ball**the ball rolled into the corner pocket*

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) equipment or apparatus used in playing a game

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a ball used in playing baseball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used to knock down ninepins

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) light hollow ball used in playing table tennis

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) wooden ball that is struck with mallets in playing polo

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used in playing pool

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) an inflated ball or bag that is suspended and punched for training in boxing

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) the ball used in playing the game of racquetball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) the ball used to play roulette

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) inflated oval ball used in playing rugby

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) an inflated ball used in playing soccer

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used in playing softball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) rubber ball used in playing squash

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball about the size of a fist used in playing tennis

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) an inflated ball used in playing volleyball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) heavy ball used in physical training

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a small ball of glass that is used in various games

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) an inflated ball used in playing basketball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used in playing billiards

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) wooden ball that is bowled in the Italian game of bocce

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) the ball used in playing cricket

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a wooden ball used in playing croquet

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used in playing field hockey

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a small hard ball used in playing golf; dimpled to reduce wind resistance

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a small rubber ball used in playing the game of handball

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) ball used in playing lacrosse

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) (trademark) a hollow plastic ball with cutouts

## Definition 4: a spherical object used as a plaything - [noun denoting artifact]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub*

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) an artifact designed to be played with

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) large and light ball; for play at the seaside

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)

## Definition 5: a solid projectile that is shot by a musket - [noun denoting artifact]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball*

### Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) a solid missile discharged from a firearm

*"the shot buzzed past his ear"*

## Definition 6: a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass - [noun denoting body]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*the ball at the base of the thumb**he stood on the balls of his feet*

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement

*"he has good bone structure"*

### (... is part of *ball*) the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

*"he had the hands of a surgeon"*

*"he extended his mitt"*

### (... is part of *ball*) the underside of the foot

## Definition 7: one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens - [noun denoting body]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*she kicked him in the balls and got away*

### Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) a gland in which gametes (sex cells) are produced

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) the reproductive organs of a man

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a man's testicles (from Cockney rhyming slang: cobbler's awl rhymes with ball)

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a testis that fails to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops

*"undescended testicles have an increased risk for cancer"*

### (*ball* is a part of ...) a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct

### (*ball* is a part of ...) network of tubules carrying sperm from the seminiferous tubules to the vasa efferentia

### (*ball* is a part of ...) a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens

### (*ball* is a part of ...) a branch of the aorta supplying the testicles

### (*ball* is a part of ...) any of the numerous long convoluted tubules in the testis which are the sites where spermatozoa mature

### (*ball* is a part of ...) a vein from the testicles

### (*ball* is a part of ...) a structure resembling a cord that suspends the testis within the scrotum and contains the vas deferens and other vessels and nerves

### (... is part of *ball*) external male sex organs

### (... is part of *ball*) the reproductive system of males

## Definition 8: a lavish dance requiring formal attire - [noun denoting event]

### Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) a party for social dancing

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a ball at which young ladies are presented to society

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year

## Definition 9: the people assembled at a lavish formal dance - [noun denoting group]

## Definition 10: a compact mass - [noun denoting group]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder*

### Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition

### (*ball* is a kind of ...) a jumbled collection or mass

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a lump of material formed from the content of a liquid

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a lump of slimy stuff

*"a gob of phlegm"*

### (... is a kind of *ball* ) a ball of yarn or cord or thread

## Definition 11: United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989) - [noun denoting person]

### Synonyms for ball in the sense of this definition

### (*ball* is an instance of ...) a female actor

### (*ball* is an instance of ...) a female comedian

## Definition 12: an object with a spherical shape - [noun denoting shape]

### Samples where ball or its synonyms are used according to this definition

*a ball of fire*