ball

English

/bɔːl/, /bɑl/

noun
Definitions
  • A solid or hollow sphere, or roughly spherical mass.
  • (sport) A round or ellipsoidal object.
  • (mildly) A testicle.
  • (printing) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.
  • (farriery) A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.

Etymology

Inherited from Middle English bal inherited from Old English *beall derived from Old Norse bǫllr (ball, a ball, globe, glans penis, testicle) inherited from Proto-Germanic *balluz (ball) derived from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoln- (bubble, round thing), *bʰel- (shine, swell, blow, inflate, roar, sound, gleam, bark, white, shiny, light, speak, be white, bright, yell, swell up, blow up, shimmer, bubble, sparkle).

Origin

Proto-Indo-European

*bʰel-

Gloss

shine, swell, blow, inflate, roar, sound, gleam, bark, white, shiny, light, speak, be white, bright, yell, swell up, blow up, shimmer, bubble, sparkle

Concept
Semantic Field

The physical world

Ontological Category

Action/Process

Kanji

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