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Ball vs. Sphere

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Ballnoun

A solid or hollow sphere, or part thereof.

‘a ball of spittle;’; ‘a fecal ball’;

Spherenoun

(mathematics) A regular three-dimensional object in which every cross-section is a circle; the figure described by the revolution of a circle about its diameter .

Ballnoun

A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.

‘a ball of wool;’; ‘a ball of twine’;

Spherenoun

A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.

Ballnoun

(ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.

Spherenoun

The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded.

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Ballnoun

A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body.

‘the ball of the thumb;’; ‘the ball of the foot’;

Spherenoun

Any of the concentric hollow transparent globes formerly believed to rotate around the Earth, and which carried the heavenly bodies; there were originally believed to be eight, and later nine and ten; friction between them was thought to cause a harmonious sound (the music of the spheres).

Ballnoun

(anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.

Spherenoun

(mythology) An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc.

Ballnoun

The globe; the earthly sphere.

Spherenoun

(figuratively) The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain.

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Ballnoun

(mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.

Spherenoun

(geometry) The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or n-dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point .

Ballnoun

The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.

Spherenoun

(logic) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

Ballnoun

An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.

Sphereverb

(transitive) To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to ensphere.

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Ballnoun

(sport) A round or ellipsoidal object.

Sphereverb

(transitive) To make round or spherical; to perfect.

Ballnoun

Any simple game involving a ball.

‘The children were playing ball on the beach.’; ‘The children were playing ball in the garden.’;

Spherenoun

A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.

Ballnoun

(baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.

Spherenoun

Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.

‘Of celestial bodies, first the sun,A mighty sphere, he framed.’;

Ballnoun

(pinball) An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.

‘If you get to a million points, you get another ball.’;

Spherenoun

The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places, and on which the various astronomical circles, as of right ascension and declination, the equator, ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and geographical circles in their proper positions on it.

Ballnoun

(cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.

Spherenoun

The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

Ballnoun

(soccer) A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.

Spherenoun

Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.

‘To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in 't.’; ‘Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.’; ‘Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woeOur hermit spirits dwell.’;

Ballnoun

A testicle.

Spherenoun

Rank; order of society; social positions.

Ballnoun

Nonsense.

‘That’s a load of balls, and you know it!’;

Spherenoun

An orbit, as of a star; a socket.

Ballnoun

Courage.

‘I doubt he’s got the balls to tell him off.’;

Sphereverb

To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.

‘The glorious planet SolIn noble eminence enthroned and spheredAmidst the other.’;

Ballnoun

A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.

Sphereverb

To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.

Ballnoun

A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.

Spherenoun

a particular environment or walk of life;

‘his social sphere is limited’; ‘it was a closed area of employment’; ‘he's out of my orbit’;

Ballnoun

A formal dance.

Spherenoun

any spherically shaped artifact

Ballnoun

(informal) A very enjoyable time.

‘I had a ball at that concert.’;

Spherenoun

the geographical area in which one nation is very influential

Ballverb

(transitive) To form or wind into a ball.

‘to ball cotton’;

Spherenoun

a particular aspect of life or activity;

‘he was helpless in an important sector of his life’;

Ballverb

(metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

Spherenoun

a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

Ballverb

To have sexual intercourse with.

Spherenoun

a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center

Ballverb

(ambitransitive) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.

‘The horse balls; the snow balls.’;

Spherenoun

the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Ballverb

To be hip or cool.

Spherenoun

a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.

Ballverb

To play basketball.

Spherenoun

a spherical object; a ball or globe

‘the markers on the route included two conspicuous black spheres’;

Ballinterjection

(Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.

Spherenoun

a globe representing the earth

‘the room was littered with books, maps, and spheres’;

Ballnoun

Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.

Spherenoun

a celestial body

‘he sometimes took out his telescope to make sure the spheres were still revolving in good order’;

Ballnoun

A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.

Spherenoun

the sky perceived as a vault upon or in which celestial bodies are represented as lying.

Ballnoun

A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.

Spherenoun

each of a series of revolving concentrically arranged spherical shells in which celestial bodies were formerly thought to be set in a fixed relationship.

Ballnoun

Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; - often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.

Spherenoun

an area of activity, interest, or expertise; a section of society or an aspect of life distinguished and unified by a particular characteristic

‘political reforms to match those in the economic sphere’;

Ballnoun

A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.

Sphereverb

enclose in or as if in a sphere

‘mourners, sphered by their dark garb’;

Ballnoun

A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; - formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.

Sphereverb

form into a rounded or perfect whole

‘you, hitherto, have still had goodness sphered within your eyes’;

Ballnoun

A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.

Sphere

A sphere (from Greek σφαῖρα—sphaira, ) is a geometrical object in three-dimensional space that is the surface of a ball (viz., analogous to the circular objects in two dimensions, where a circumscribes its ). Like a circle in a two-dimensional space, a sphere is defined mathematically as the set of points that are all at the same distance r from a given point in a three-dimensional space.

‘globe, ball’; ‘circle’; ‘disk’;

Ballnoun

A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.

Ballnoun

The globe or earth.

‘Move round the dark terrestrial ball.’;

Ballnoun

A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter, which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee (i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching four balls is called a walk.

Ballnoun

a testicle; usually used in the plural.

Ballnoun

courage; nerve.

Ballnoun

A social assembly for the purpose of dancing; - usually applied to an occasion lavish or formal.

Ballnoun

A very enjoyable time; as, we had a ball at the wedding.

Ballverb

To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.

Ballverb

To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

Ballverb

To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.

Ballnoun

round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games;

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

Ballnoun

a solid ball shot by a musket;

‘they had to carry a ramrod as well as powder and ball’;

Ballnoun

an object with a spherical shape;

‘a ball of fire’;

Ballnoun

the people assembled at a lavish formal dance;

‘the ball was already emptying out before the fire alarm sounded’;

Ballnoun

one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens;

‘she kicked him in the balls and got away’;

Ballnoun

a spherical object used as a plaything;

‘he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub’;

Ballnoun

United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)

Ballnoun

a compact mass;

‘a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder’;

Ballnoun

a lavish formal dance

Ballnoun

a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; ball of the human foot or ball at the base of the thumb;

‘he stood on the balls of his feet’;

Ballnoun

a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 9 players; teams take turns at bat trying to score run;

‘he played baseball in high school’; ‘there was a baseball game on every empy lot’; ‘there was a desire for National League ball in the area’; ‘play ball!’;

Ballnoun

a pitch that is not in the strike zone;

‘he threw nine straight balls before the manager yanked him’;

Ballverb

form into a ball by winding or rolling;

‘ball wool’;

Ballnoun

a solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game

‘a cricket ball’;

Ballnoun

a spherical object or mass of material

‘he crushed the card into a ball’; ‘a ball of wool’;

Ballnoun

a solid non-explosive missile for a firearm.

Ballnoun

a game played with a ball

‘he comes across a group of kids playing ball’;

Ballnoun

baseball

‘young men would graduate from college and enter pro ball’; ‘kids have been playing ball in that lot for almost a hundred years’;

Ballnoun

(in cricket) a delivery of the ball by the bowler to the batsman

‘his half century came off only forty balls’;

Ballnoun

(in soccer) a pass of the ball in a specified direction or manner

‘Whelan sent a long ball to Goddard’;

Ballnoun

(in baseball) a pitch delivered outside the strike zone which the batter does not attempt to hit

‘he ignored it completely, and the umpire called it a ball’;

Ballnoun

the rounded protuberant part of the foot at the base of the big toe.

Ballnoun

the rounded protuberant part of the hand at the base of the thumb.

Ballnoun

a formal social gathering for dancing

‘Anne danced with the captain at a fancy-dress ball’; ‘a ball gown’;

Ballverb

squeeze or form (something) into a rounded shape

‘Robert balled up his napkin and threw it on to his plate’;

Ballverb

clench (one's fist) tightly

‘she balled her fist so that the nails dug into her palms’;

Ballverb

form a round shape

‘the fishing nets eventually ball up and sink’;

Ballverb

wrap the root ball of (a tree or shrub) to protect it during transportation.

Ballverb

have sexual intercourse with.

Ballverb

(of a flower) fail to open properly, decaying in the half-open bud.

Ball

A ball is a round object (usually spherical, but can sometimes be ovoid) with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players.

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