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ball 1

 (bôl)
n.
1.
a. A spherical object or entity: a steel ball.
b. A spherical or almost spherical body: a ball of flame.
2. Sports
a. Any of various movable and round or oblong objects used in various athletic activities and games.
b. Such an object moving, thrown, hit, or kicked in a particular manner: a low ball; a fair ball.
c. A game, especially baseball or basketball, played with such an object.
d. A pitched baseball that does not pass through the strike zone and is not swung at by the batter.
3.
a. A solid spherical or pointed projectile, such as one shot from a cannon.
b. Projectiles of this kind considered as a group.
4. A rounded part or protuberance, especially of the body: the ball of the foot.
5. Vulgar Slang
a. A testicle.
b. balls Courage, especially when reckless.
c. balls Great presumptuousness.
v. balled, ball·ing, balls
v.tr.
1. To form into a ball.
2. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with.
v.intr.
1. To become formed into a ball.
2. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.
Phrasal Verb:
ball up
To confuse; bungle.
Idioms:
have(someone) by the balls Vulgar Slang
To have control over someone; have someone at one's mercy.
on the ball Informal
1. Alert, competent, or efficient: a teacher who is really on the ball.
2. Relating to qualities, such as competence, skill, or knowledge, that are necessary for success: a manager who has a lot on the ball; a student who has nothing on the ball.

[Middle English bal, probably from Old English *beall; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

ball 2

 (bôl)
n.
1. A formal gathering for social dancing.
2. Informal An extremely enjoyable time or experience: We had a ball during our vacation.

[French bal, from Old French, from baller, to dance, from Late Latin ballāre, from Greek ballizein; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

balls

(bɔːlz)
pl n
1. (Anatomy) the testicles
2. by the balls so as to be rendered powerless
3. nonsense; rubbish
4. courage; forcefulness
interj
an exclamation of strong disagreement, contempt, annoyance, etc
Usage: Both its anatomical senses and its various extended senses nowadays have far less impact than they used to, and seem unlikely to cause offence, though some older or more conservative people may object. Interestingly, its use in the sense of courage is exactly paralleled in the Spanish term 'cojones'
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balls

(Taboo slang)
plural noun
1. bravery, face (informal), spirit, bottle (slang), resolution, nerve, daring, courage, guts (informal), pluck, grit, backbone, fortitude, toughness, mettle, boldness, firmness, valour, spunk (informal), fearlessness, intrepidity, cojones (Spanish), hardihood, ballsiness (taboo slang), dauntlessness, lion-heartedness I never had the balls to do anything like this.
2. nonsense, stuff, bull, rubbish, shit (taboo slang), pants (slang), rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), folly, trash, bunk (informal), bullshit (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), absurdity, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), bollocks (Brit. taboo slang), pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), gibberish, guff (slang), bombast, moonshine, claptrap (informal), hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), codswallop (Brit. slang), piffle (informal), poppycock (informal), balderdash (slang), bosh (informal), senselessness, eyewash (informal), kak (S. African taboo slang), ludicrousness, fatuity, tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) What complete and utter balls!
3. (Taboo slang) testicles, bollocks or ballocks (taboo slang), testes, rocks (U.S. taboo slang), nuts (taboo slang), cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), gonads, goolies (taboo slang), family jewels (slang), cojones (Spanish), nads (U.S. taboo slang) I kneed him in the balls.
balls something up (Brit. informal) mess up, bungle, botch, cock up (Brit. slang), fuck up (offensive taboo slang), make a hash of (informal), muck up (Brit. slang), make a pig's ear of (informal) I have no intention of letting you balls it up.
Translations
топки
munaapallit
golyókherék
kiaušai
boaşecoaieouă
gule

balls

[ˈbɔːlz] npl
(= testicles) → couilles fpl
(= courage, guts) to have balls → avoir des couilles
(= rubbish) → conneries fpl balls-up [ˈbɔːlzʌp] (British) n (= cock-up)
It was a complete balls-up → Ça a complètement merdé. , Ça a complètement foiré.
to make a balls-up of sth → merder avec qch

balls

[bɔːlz] (fam!) nplcoglioni mpl (fam!) (fig) (bullshit) → cazzate fpl (fam!)
References in classic literature ?
It used to be pricking bits of rubber to make balls.
As he ran away into the darkness they re- pented of their weakness and ran after him, swear- ing and throwing sticks and great balls of soft mud at the figure that screamed and ran faster and faster into the darkness.
We had begun to roll popcorn balls with syrup when we heard a knock at the back door, and Tony dropped her spoon and went to open it.
The most direful blow from the elephant's trunk were as the playful tap of a fan, compared with the measureless crush and crash of the sperm whale's ponderous flukes, which in repeated instances have one after the other hurled entire boats with all their oars and crews into the air, very much as an Indian juggler tosses his balls.
This was a little joke of John's; he used to say that a regular course of "the Birtwick horseballs" would cure almost any vicious horse; these balls, he said, were made up of patience and gentleness, firmness and petting, one pound of each to be mixed up with half a pint of common sense, and given to the horse every day.
The veselija has come down to them from a far-off time; and the meaning of it was that one might dwell within the cave and gaze upon shadows, provided only that once in his lifetime he could break his chains, and feel his wings, and behold the sun; provided that once in his lifetime he might testify to the fact that life, with all its cares and its terrors, is no such great thing after all, but merely a bubble upon the surface of a river, a thing that one may toss about and play with as a juggler tosses his golden balls, a thing that one may quaff, like a goblet of rare red wine.
Don't want none o' your light-colored balls," said Dinah; "cuttin' round, makin' b'lieve you's white folks.
I get the subject to pass the fingers of his right through his hair, so as to get a little coating of the natural oil on them, and then press the balls of them on the glass.
Alice Rob- inson rolled a perfectly new slate pencil over the floor with her foot until it reached Rebecca's place, while her seat-mate, Emma Jane, had made up a little mound of paper balls and labeled them "Bullets for you know who.
He was a blessing to all the juvenile part of the neighbourhood, for in summer he was for ever forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors, and in winter his private balls were numerous enough for any young lady who was not suffering under the unsatiable appetite of fifteen.
To the billiard-room I hastened: the click of balls and the hum of voices resounded thence; Mr.
Doors opened, and people came and went, in the houses on either side; children by the dozen poured out on the pavement to play, and invaded the little strips of garden-ground to recover lost balls and shuttlecocks; streams of people passed backward and forward perpetually; heavy wagons piled high with goods lumbered along the road on their way to, or their way from, the railway station near; all the daily life of the district stirred with its ceaseless activity in every direction but one.