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backspin a reverse spin put on a ball, such as a billiard or tennis ball, that causes it to stop suddenly or move in a backward direction.
backstop in sports, a structure, such as a fence or wall, used to keep a ball from going out of the playing area. [1/2 definitions]
ball1 a game played with a ball, esp. baseball. [2/7 definitions]
ball and chain a heavy ball attached by a chain to a prisoner's ankle to prevent escape.
ball-and-socket joint a skeletal joint in which the ball-shaped end of a bone, often part of a limb, fits into and rotates quite freely within the hollow, spherical socket of another bone. [2 definitions]
ball bearing a ball made for such a bearing. [1/2 definitions]
ball cock a device used to regulate the supply of water in a tank or toilet, consisting of a lever connected to a floating ball that shuts a valve when raised and opens it when lowered.
ball handler a player, esp. in basketball, whose position requires him or her to touch and control the ball, or one who handles the ball on a particular play. [2 definitions]
ball handling the act or skill of dribbling, passing, or receiving the ball in basketball. [2 definitions]
ball joint a mechanical joint, often found in tools and machines, in which the ball-shaped end of a rod or pipe is fitted into a hollow socket, enabling the inserted part to rotate freely in any direction.
ball lightning a rare form of lightning manifested in the form of a glowing reddish ball, approximately six inches to a foot in diameter, that moves rapidly along the ground or in the air until it disintegrates.
ballpark an enclosed piece of land, with or without a roof, having stands for spectators and a playing field for ball games, esp. baseball. [1/2 definitions]
ballplayer one who plays any of several games that use a ball, esp. baseball.
ballpoint a pen that has a small ball in its tip which transfers ink from a reservoir to the writing surface; ballpoint pen.
bandy to throw or hit back and forth, as a ball. [1/4 definitions]
baseball a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players each, the object being to score runs by advancing runners around four bases. [2 definitions]
basket in basketball, the open metal hoop and net through which the ball is shot to score points, or such an act of scoring. [1/3 definitions]
basketball a game played by two teams of five players each, with points scored by shooting the ball through a raised metal hoop and net at the opponent's end of the court. [2 definitions]
bat1 a heavy, shaped wooden or metal club used to strike the ball in baseball or cricket. [1/4 definitions]
batter3 the person who stands in to bat the ball in baseball or cricket.
beach ball a large inflatable ball of brightly colored plastic, usu. used for games played in or near the water.