Ball of the eye

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ball of the eye the eye itself, as distinguished from its lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ball of the eye the eye within the lids and socket
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.

Usage

In literature:

Nothing for some moments was visible but just that ball of light and the dark face with the piercing eyes gleaming out from slits in a silk mask.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
The ball had entered his head just below the left eye, and passed out at the back of the head.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The eye-balls fixed on me were of a greenish colour.
"Balthasar" by Anatole France
Fast he held by the hand of the beggar girl as they went on their way together, but the film was withdrawing from his eye-balls.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
Just at the entrance sat a boy, totally blind, both eyes having been torn out by a minnie-ball, and the entire bridge of the nose shot away.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Everyone's eyes were on the ball as it whirled, so I had time to get my own copy of Howley's gadget out and set it at Thirteen.
"...Or Your Money Back" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The gun was shotted, and a great many eyes watched anxiously for the dipping of that well-aimed ball of iron.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
His eyes were clear, and his face wore a look of confidence as he watched Bender prepare to deliver the ball.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The balls of his eyes protruded.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Every breath I took seemed to scorch me, and the balls of my eyes ached.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
When we talk about keeping the eye on the ball, we do not mean the top of the ball.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
First close the eye gently, pull the eyelid free of the ball, and the tears may wash out the speck.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
What red man can give his eye-ball the glare of defiance when the white chief is nigh?
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
Diogenes played football with the croquet balls and bruised one of his toes, besides hitting the landlady's child in the eye.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The globe or ball of the eye is almost spherical in form.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The GLOBE, or ball of the eye, is an optical instrument of the most perfect construction.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Twenty balls lodged in his throat, his scaly armour was dinted, and the bomb-shells put out one of his eyes.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
From one angle the eye looked down on a mass of foliage embosoming the glittering cupola and the golden ball above.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
As Jean turned to face the west the glow of the sinking ball of fire dazzled his eyes a moment.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Do you know the talk of those turning eye-balls?
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
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In poetry:

A war-steed, rearing with his nostrils burst,
And eye-balls gleaming white,
Rush from beneath his falling rider, first
Fruit of the coming fight;
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
At noon I scaled along the house-side as far as
The coal-house door. Once I looked up -
Through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes
The tent of the hills drummed and strained its guyrope,
"Wind" by Ted Hughes
A soldier saw with dying eyes
The bleared moon like a ball of blood,
And thought of how in other skies,
So pearly bright on leaf and bud
Like peace its soft white beams had lain;
Like Peace! . . . He closed his eyes again.
"Moon Song" by Robert W Service
With horror I beheld the movements of those jaws and gums; the turning,
the glistening in the light of the lamps and candles, of those lumpy bony
balls, and the rolling in them of other smaller balls, the balls of the
meaningless eyes.
"The Skulls" by Ivan Turgenev
"It waves from the mist looming up like a wall
On each side as we peer
To catch signals at clear;
It flares from the head-light that swims like a ball
Of wan, dim light, or the eye of a ghost,
With its shadowy form in the darkness lost.
"Bob Cruikshanks" by Alexander Anderson
"Roll on, thou glitt'ring eye-ball, roll—
Thou seest the hell of this sinful soul;
So calm, so gentle, and so bright,
Was that lady's brow on her bridal night;
Soon ghastly, dim, and pale its gleam,
As thine shall be at morning's beam.
"The Maniac's Song" by Peter John Allan

In news:

The California Commission on the Status of Women has been keeping its eye on the ball for California women for 47 years: researching, advising on legislation and advocating for gender equality.
The ball struck Alex Rodriguez just below the left eye, knocking him out of the game and back in time.
While others foresaw the implications of Moore's Law on the database market, IBM took its eye off the ball IBM never succeeded in making much headway with DB2 relative to its competitors.
Whether gazing at a computer or into the eyes of a former dictator, numbers cruncher Patrick Ball is on the front lines of justice.
No one has his eye more on the tennis ball than Murphy Jensen, former Tennis Channel star and coach of the Washington Kastles professional tennis team — of which Serena and Vanessa Williams are members.
The Arcata Ball Park light standard on the right was one of the locations proposed for co-locating the cell phone antenna KLH Eye.
Their eyes are on the changes and the mixture of personnel that will constitute the future of this ball club.
Four year old McAlester resident Hayden Harvison keeps a sharp eye on the ball, held aloft by a stream of air blowing through a new invention called The Junior Hit Zone.
Lexi Thompson from US eyes her ball on the 9th hole during the second round of Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec 6, 2012.
With all the emotion that came from Game 6 of the World Series between the St Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, Gary Cederstrom kept his eye on the ball - literally.
A superb start to the summer season has seen glassy seas and acres of Yellowfin and skipjack tuna smashing bait balls as far as the eye can see.
Golf pros often advise to "keep your eye on the ball," and it comes in handy during a precision game like golf , but sometimes you just have to feel the game, and that's just what a pair of champion blind golfers are doing.
Due to the last year's graduation we'll be seeing a lot of new faces this season on the 'Hill' as a new generation of Highlanders have their eyes set on winning the Gold Ball.
His eyes are squinted and cheeks balled by the force of his unrelenting smile.
Marquette 's Derrick Wilson and Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson eye the ball as Wisconsin's Zak Showalter, top, pursues the loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec 8, 2012, in Milwaukee.
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In science:

Recent discoveries of galaxies (e.g. the Sagittarius dwarf and Dwingeloo 1) and clusters (e.g. A3627 at the centre of the Great Attractor) illustrated how a combination of eye-balling of plates, 21 cm, infrared and X-ray measurements can be combined to unveil galaxies hidden behind the ‘Galactic fog’.
Summary Talk: Multi-Wavelength Sky Surveys (IAU179)
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