A **ball** is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown by players. Balls can also be used for simpler activities, such as catch, marbles and juggling. Balls made from hard-wearing materials are used in engineering applications to provide very low friction bearings, known as ball bearings. Black powder weapons use stone and metal balls as projectiles.

Although many types of balls are today made from rubber, this form was unknown outside the Americas until after the voyages of Columbus. The Spanish were the first Europeans to see bouncing rubber balls (albeit solid and not inflated) which were employed most notably in the Mesoamerican ballgame. Balls used in various sports in other parts of the world prior to Columbus were made from other materials such as animal bladders or skins, stuffed with various materials.

As balls are one of the most familiar spherical objects to humans, the word "ball" is used to refer to, or to describe, anything spherical or near-spherical.

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### Famous quotes containing the word ball:

“[Children] need time to stare at a wall, daydream over a picture book, make mud pies, kick a *ball* around, whistle a tune or play the kazoo—to do the things today’s adults had time to do when they were growing up.”

—Leslie Dreyfous (20th century)

“The *ball* loved Flick.

I saw him rack up thirty-eight or forty

In one home game. His hands were like wild birds.”

—John Updike (b. 1932)

“I never knew anyone yet who got up at six who did anything more useful between that time and breakfast than banging a tennis *ball* up against the side of the house, waiting for the more civilized members of the party to get up.”

—Robert Benchley (1889–1945)