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Ball

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BALL, n.L. pila A ball may signify a mass from collecting, or it may be that which is driven, from the root of L. pello probably the former.

1. A round body a spherical substance, whether natural or artificial or a body nearly round as, a ball for play a ball of thread a ball of snow.
2. A bullet a ball of iron or lead for cannon, muskets, &c.
3. A printer's ball, consisting of hair or wool, covered with leather or skin, and fastened to a stock, called a ball-stock, and used to put ink on the types in the forms.
4. The globe or earth, from its figure.
5. A globe borne as an ensign of authority as, to hold the ball of a kingdom.
6. Any part of the body that is round or protuberant as, the eye ball the ball of the thumb or foot.
7. The weight at the bottom of a pendulum.
8. Among the Cornish miners in England, a tin mine.
9. In pyrotechnics, a composition of combustible ingredients, which serve to burn, smoke or give light.

Ball-stock, among printers, a stock somewhat hollow at one end, to which balls of skin, stuffed with wool, are fastened, and which serves as a handle.

Ball-vein, among miners, a sort of iron ore, found in loose masses, of a circular form, containing sparkling particles.

Ball and socket, an instrument used in surveying and astronomy, made of brass, with a perpetual screw, to move horizontally, obliquely, or vertically.

Puff-ball, in botany, the Lycoperdon, a genus of fungeses.

Fire-ball, a meteor a luminous globe darting through the atmosphere also, a bag of canvas filled with gunpowder, sulphur, pitch, saltpeter, &c.,to be thrown by the hand, or from mortars, to set fire to houses.

BALL, n.Gr.to toss or throw to leap. An entertainment of dancing originally and peculiarly, at the invitation and expense of an individual but the word is used in America, for a dance at the expense of the attendants.

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BALL, To form into a ball, as snow on horses' hoofs, or on the feet. We say the horse balls, or the snow balls.

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