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Overview page. Subjects: Mathematics.

A set in a metric space containing all the points which are not more than a given distance from a fixed point. An open ball does not include the surface where the distance is equal to the...

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ball

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 348 words.

a ball and chain a severe hindrance. Originally, a ball and chain referred to a heavy metal ball attached by

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ball

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 12 words.

globular body. XIII. perh. — ON. bǫllr, ball- :- Gmc. *balluz.

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Edited by Elizabeth Knowles.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 146 words.

ball and chain a heavy metal ball secured by a chain to the leg of a prisoner to prevent escape;

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Ball

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 142 words.

1. English: nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse bǫllr

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ball

Tony Deverson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 32 words.

noun ball of muscle (also Australian) a very fit person. 2009 dominion post He’s the 1.86m, 90kg ball of

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Balling

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 47 words.

1. German (Bälling): patronymic from the Germanic personal name Baldo (see Bald), or a nickname from

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Ball

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 354 words.

Variants: Balle, Balls, Le Ball

Current frequencies: GB 35134, Ireland 674 • GB frequency 1881: 24483 •

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ball

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Ball and chain a heavy metal ball secured by a chain to the leg of a prisoner to prevent escape; used figuratively to convey the idea that someone or something is a crippling encumbrance.

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Balling

Donald Fenna.

in A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

January 2002; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Numerical and Computational Mathematics. 36 words.

[K. J. F. Balling; Bohemia 1805–64]

liquor and food processing. A scale, expressed in degrees, for

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Ball

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 434 words.

1. A spherical body; an Old Norse word.

2. A dance; from Old French baller, ‘to dance’, from Late

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