George W(ildman) [wahyld-muh n] /ˈwaɪld mən/ (Show IPA), 1909–1994, U.S. lawyer, investment banker, and government official.
John, died 1381, English priest: one of the leaders of Wat Tyler’s peasants’ revolt in 1381.
Lucille, 1911–89, U.S. actress.
a spherical or nearly spherical body or mass: a ball of wool
a round or roundish body, either solid or hollow, of a size and composition suitable for any of various games: football, golf, billiards, etc
a ball propelled in a particular way in a sport: a high ball
any of various rudimentary games with a ball: to play ball
(cricket) a single delivery of the ball by the bowler to the batsman
(baseball) a single delivery of the ball by a pitcher outside certain limits and not swung at by the batter
any more or less rounded part or protuberance: the ball of the foot
(slang) a testicle See balls
(vet science) another word for bolus
(horticulture) the hard mass of roots and earth removed with the rest of the plant during transplanting
(Austral) ball of muscle, a very strong, fit, or forceful person
have the ball at one’s feet, to have the chance of doing something
keep the ball rolling, to maintain the progress of a project, plan, etc
(informal) on the ball, alert; informed
(informal) play ball, to cooperate
set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling, to open or initiate (an action, discussion, movement, etc)
the ball is in your court, you are obliged to make the next move
(transitive) to make, form, wind, etc, into a ball or balls: to ball wool
(intransitive) to gather into a ball or balls
(taboo, slang, mainly US) to copulate (with)
a social function for dancing, esp one that is lavish or formal
(informal) a very enjoyable time (esp in the phrase have a ball)
John. died 1381, English priest: executed as one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt (1381)
“round object,” Old English *beal, from or corresponding to Old Norse bollr “ball,” from Proto-Germanic *balluz (cf. Old High German ballo, German Ball), from PIE root *bhel- (2) “to blow, inflate, swell” (see bole).
Meaning “testicle” is from early 14c. Ball of the foot is from mid-14c. A ball as an object in a sports game is recorded from c.1200; To have the ball “hold the advantage” is from c.1400. To be on the ball is 1912, from sports. Ball-point pen first recorded 1946. Ball of fire when first recorded in 1821 referred to “a glass of brandy;” as “spectacularly successful striver” it is c.1900.
“dancing party,” 1630s, from French, from Old French baller “to dance,” from Late Latin ballare “to dance,” from Greek ballizein “to dance, jump about” (see ballistics). Hence, “very enjoyable time,” 1945, American English slang, perhaps back to 1930s in black slang.
1650s, “make into a ball,” from ball (n.1). Sense of “to become like a ball” is 1713; that of “to copulate” is first recorded 1940s in jazz slang, either from the noun sense of “testicle” or “enjoyable time” (from ball (n.2)). Related: Balled; balling.
ball up, beanball, butterfly ball, cannonball, carry the load, fireball, forkball, foul ball, get on the ball, go for the long ball, goofball, gopher ball, greaseball, greedball, have a ball, junk-ball, keep one’s eye on the ball, meatball, not get one’s balls in an uproar, nutball, oddball, on the ball, play ball, play catch-up, sleazebag, slimebag, softball, sourball, that’s the way the ball bounces
- George beadle
[beed-l] /ˈbid l/ noun 1. George Wells, 1903–1989, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1958. /ˈbiːdəl/ noun 1. (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order 2. (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister 3. (Judaism) a synagogue attendant See also […]
- George bellows
[bel-ohz] /ˈbɛl oʊz/ noun 1. George Wesley, 1882–1925, U.S. painter and lithographer. /ˈbɛləʊz/ noun (functioning as singular or pl) 1. Also called pair of bellows. an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a […]
- George boole
[bool] /bul/ noun 1. George, 1815–64, English mathematician and logician. /buːl/ noun 1. George. 1815–64, English mathematician. In Mathematical Analysis of Logic (1847) and An Investigation of the Laws of Thought (1854), he applied mathematical formulae to logic, creating Boolean algebra Boole (bl) British mathematician who wrote important works in various areas of mathematics. He […]
- George cable
[key-buh l] /ˈkeɪ bəl/ noun 1. George Washington, 1844–1925, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. /ˈkeɪbəl/ noun 1. a strong thick rope, usually of twisted hemp or steel wire 2. (nautical) an anchor chain or rope 3. 4. a wire or bundle of wires that conducts electricity: a submarine cable See also coaxial cable 5. Also […]