a ball-like turned foot, used especially in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The bow-legged chair, often with claw and ball foot, came into use in the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Customs and Fashions in Old New England Alice Morse Earle
There were also several variations on the claw and ball foot.
Furnishing the Home of Good Taste Lucy Abbot Throop
The ball foot, not always present, indicates genuine example.
Chats on Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture Arthur Hayden
The characteristic Chippendale leg is cabriole with claw and ball foot.
The Art of Interior Decoration Grace Wood
- Ball fern
a feathery fern, Davallia trichomanoides, of Malaysia, having rhizomes covered with toothed scales.
a medieval English ornament suggesting a flower of three or four petals enclosing and partly concealing a ball. noun (architect) a carved ornament in the form of a ball enclosed by the three petals of a circular flower
- Ball game
any game played with a ball, especially baseball or softball. Informal. a situation and all its attendant circumstances: Having a new administration in power changes the entire ball game at city hall. Compare new ball game. Archaeology. a ceremonial game of both ritual and sporting significance, played by teams on a ball court in Mesoamerican […]
- Ball girl
Tennis. an attendant, usually a girl or young woman, employed to retrieve balls and supply players with them. Baseball. an attendant, usually a girl or young women, who retrieves foul balls and brings the umpire new balls during the game.