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 for Ball and socket joint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ball \Ball\ (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
     palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st
     Bale, n., Pallmall.]
     1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as,
        a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
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     2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play
        with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
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     3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown,
        kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
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     4. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of
        lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a
        cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as,
        powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms
        are commonly called bullets.
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     5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) A flaming, roundish body shot into
        the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst
        and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench;
        as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
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     6. (Print.) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle
        called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for
        inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
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     7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body;
        as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
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     8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly
        given to horses; a bolus. --White.
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     9. The globe or earth. --Pope.
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              Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison.
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     10. (Baseball) A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter,
         which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not
         greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee
         (i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher
         pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the
         batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching
         four balls is called a walk.
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     10. a testicle; usually used in the plural. [vulgar]
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     11. pl. courage; nerve. [vulgar]
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     Ball and socket joint, a joint in which a ball moves within
        a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction
        within certain limits.
  
     Ball bearings, a mechanical device for lessening the
        friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal
        balls.
  
     Ball cartridge, a cartridge containing a ball, as
        distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only
        powder.
  
     Ball cock, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by
        the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of
        a lever.
  
     Ball gudgeon, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits
        lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining
        the pivot in its socket. --Knight.
  
     Ball lever, the lever used in a ball cock.
  
     Ball of the eye, the eye itself, as distinguished from its
        lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.
  
     Ball valve (Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed
        in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a
        valve.
  
     Ball vein (Mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose
        masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.
        
  
     Three balls, or Three golden balls, a pawnbroker's sign
        or shop.
  
     on the ball alert; competent and knowledgeable.
  
     to carry the ball to carry on the task; to assume the
        responsibility.
  
     to drop the ball to fail to perform as expected; to fail to
        live up to a responsibility.
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     Syn: See Globe.
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