from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A game that is played, often on a four-walled court, by two or more players who alternately hit a small rubber ball against the front wall with the hand, with play stopping if the ball bounces twice on the floor or does not reach the front wall.
  • noun The ball used in this game.
  • noun Team handball.
  • noun A violation of the rules in soccer in which a player other than the goalie inside the penalty area carries, strikes, or propels the ball with the hand or arm. A hand ball is usually called when the hand or arm is away from the body and touches the ball.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sport of throwing and catching a ball: the common game of ball before the use of bats.
  • noun A game in which a small ball is batted or struck by one of two players with his hand against a wall, and, on rebounding, is struck in like manner by the other. This continues until one player fails to strike and return the ball on the fly or first bound.
  • noun A bulb or hollow punctured ball of india-rubber designed to be compressed by the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small ball, usually made of rubber, thrown or struck with the hand in various games.
  • noun A game played with such a ball, as by players striking it to and fro between them with the hands, or, when played in a walled court or against a single wall, striking it in turns against a wall, until one side or the other fails to return the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A team sport where two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team.
  • noun countable The small rubber ball used in the sport of handball.
  • noun countable, soccer The offence of touching the ball with the hands.
  • noun uncountable, US An American sport in which players must, in turn, bounce a ball off of a wall, taking care not to miss their turn.
  • noun countable, US The small rubber ball used in this sport.
  • noun countable, Australian Rules Football An act of passing a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
  • noun Ireland, uncountable An Irish sport, very similar to the American sport, in which players must bounce a ball off a wall.
  • verb To manually load or unload a container, trailer, or to otherwise manually move bulk goods (often on pallets) from one type of transport receptacleto another.
  • verb soccer To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm.
  • verb Australian Rules Football To (legally) pass a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
  • verb sexuality, slang To insert a hand into someone's anus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a game played in a walled court or against a single wall by two or four players who strike a rubber ball with their hands
  • noun a small rubber ball used in playing the game of handball


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