from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alert, active, or attentive; on top of things.
  • adj. Being in control of the ball

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. alert; competent and knowledgeable.


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  • Heather swiveled on the ball of one foot to face the so-called Celestial Seven.

    Etched in Bone

  • My feeling of relief flared again as I listened to my mother describe Phil’s accident on the ball field — while demonstrating a slide, he’d tangled up with the catcher and broken his thigh bone; he was entirely dependent on her, and there was no way she could leave him.


  • Foolishly or vainly, or both, she had imagined that the question implied she had so much on the ball — that she was so tall and attractive and ambitious — that Spokane was too small and slow a city for someone of her talents.

    Land of the Blind

  • He turned to take his record-breaking shot, but distracted, he put a little too much backspin on the ball and it jumped out of the hoop.

    You Suck

  • They could barely make out the Las Vegas Stars logo on the ball cap, and the large dark glasses gave him the appearance of an oversized insect.

    Sin City

  • Converging on the ball simultaneously, pitcher Bronson Arroyo and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz both realized no one was covering first.

    One Season


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