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                        A ball is a round, usually spherical but sometimes ovoid, object with various uses. It is used in
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                        ball games, where the play of the game follows the state of the ball as it is hit, kicked or thrown
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                        Balls made from hard- wearing materials are used in engineering applications to provide very
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                        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
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                        bouncing rubber balls (albeit solid and not inflated) which were employed most notably in the
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                     The first known use of the word ball in English in the sense of a globular body that is played with was in 1205 in Laȝamon's Brut, or
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                     Chronicle of Britain in the phrase, "Summe heo driuen balles wide ȝeond Þa feldes." The word came from the Middle English bal (inflected
                     as ball-e, -es , in turn from Old Norse böllr (pronounced [bɔlːr]; compare Old Swedish baller, and Swedish boll) from Proto- Germanic ballu-
Languages            z, (whence probably Middle High German bal, ball-es, Middle Dutch bal), a cognate with Old High German ballo, pallo, Middle High
Ænglisc              German balle from Proto- Germanic *ballon (weak masculine), and Old High German ballâ, pallâ, Middle High German balle, Proto-
arago nés            Germanic *ballôn (weak feminine). No Old English representative of any of these is known. (The answering forms in Old English would
Avañe'ẽ              have been beallu, -a, -e - - compare bealluc, ballock .) If ball- was native in Germanic, it may have been a cognate with the Latin foll-is in
azərbaycanca         sense of a "thing blown up or inflated." In the later Middle English spelling balle the word coincided graphically with the French balle "ball"
български            and "bale" which has hence been erroneously assumed to be its source. French balle (but not boule) is assumed to be of Germanic
brezho neg           origin, itself, however.
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                     A ball, as the essential feature in many forms of gameplay requiring physical exertion, must date
Cebuano              from the very earliest times. A rolling object appeals not only to a human baby but to a kitten and
                     a puppy. Some form of game with a ball is found portrayed on Egyptian monuments, and is
                     played among aboriginal tribes at the present day. In Homer, Nausicaa was playing at ball with
                     her maidens when Odysseus first saw her in the land of the Phaeacians (Od. vi. 100). And
                     Halios and Laodamas performed before Alcinous and Odysseus with ball play, accompanied
españo l             with dancing (Od. viii. 370). The Hebrews have no mention of the ball in their scriptures. [1]
euskara              Ancient Greeks
                                                                                                                                Russian leather balls ( Russian: мяч
                     Among the Greeks games with balls (σφαῖραι) were regarded as a useful subsidiary to the more              и), 12- 13 century.
                     violent athletic exercises, as a means of keeping the body supple, and rendering it graceful, but
                     were generally left to boys and girls. Of regular rules for the playing of ball games, little trace
                     remains, if there were any such. The names in Greek for various forms, which have come down to us in such works as the Ὀνομαστικόν
                     of Pollux of Naucratis, imply little or nothing of such; thus, ἀπόρραξις only means the putting of the ball on the ground with the open hand,
                     οὐρανία, the flinging of the ball in the air to be caught by two or more players; φαινίνδα would seem to be a game of catch played by two
                     or more, where feinting is used as a test of quickness and skill. Pollux (i. x. 104) mentions a game called ἐπίσκυρος, which has often
                     been looked on as the origin of football. It seems to have been played by two sides, arranged in lines; how far there was any form of
                     "goal" seems uncertain.[1]
Ido                  Ancient Romans
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                     Among the Romans, ball games were looked upon as an adjunct to the bath, and were graduated to the age and health of the bathers,
                     and usually a place (sphaeristerium) was set apart for them in the baths (thermae). There appear to have been three types or siz es of
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                     ball, the pila, or small ball, used in catching games, the paganica, a heavy ball stuffed with feathers, and the follis, a leather ball filled with
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                     air, the largest of the three. This was struck from player to player, who wore a kind of gauntlet on the arm. There was a game known as
                     trigon, played by three players standing in the form of a triangle, and played with the follis, and also one known as harpastum, which
                     seems to imply a "scrimmage" among several players for the ball. These games are known to us through the Romans, though the names
                     are Greek.[1]
                     Modern ball games
                     The various modern games played with a ball or balls and subject to rules are treated under their various names, such as polo, cricket,
                     football, etc.[1]
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                      Bo wling ball (and pin)      Lacro sse ball             Cricket ball              Go lf ball next to a ho le   Rugby unio n ball

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               Australian rules fo o tball    Tennis ball                     Vo lleyball                American Fo o tball           Water po lo ball
中文           See also
                 Ball (mathematics)
                 Buckminster Fullerene "Bucky balls"
                 Football (ball)
                 Penny floater
                 Prisoner Ball
                 Super Ball

                 1. ^ a b c d     Chisho lm, Hugh, ed. (19 11). "Ball". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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