An object that is the focus of many sports and games, in which it may be thrown, caught, kicked, bounced, rolled, chased, retrieved, hit with an instrument, spun, etc., usually roughly spherical but whose size, weight, bounciness, colour, etc. differ according to the game
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.
From Middle English bal, ball, balle, from Old English *beall, *bealla or Old Norse bǫllr ("a ball"), both from Proto-Germanic *balluz, *ballô, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoln- ("bubble"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ("to blow, inflate, swell"). Cognate with Old Saxon ball, Dutch bal, Old High German bal, ballo (German Ball ("ball"); Ballen). Related forms in Romance are borrowings from Germanic. See also balloon, bale.
From Middle French bal, from Middle French baler, from Old French baller, from Late Latin ballō.
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