• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ball-shaped having the shape of a sphere or ball "a spherical object","nearly orbicular in shape","little globular houses like mud-wasp nests"- Zane Grey"
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In literature:

Sleight-of-hand to him is just as innate as hitting any shaped ball with any shaped stick, is to a man with an eye for games.
"Indian Conjuring" by L. H. Branson
When sufficiently moist to adhere in the shape of a ball, roll out to the required thickness.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
A close watch for loss of shape should also be kept on these rubber-cored balls.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
The whole ripe berries, beans and hulls, were crushed, and molded into food balls held in shape with fat.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The roof is broken into a hundred pieces, cupolas, etc., in the shape of casters, conjuror's balls, cups, and the like.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
Sandwiches in the shape of tennis rackets, with an olive steak in the center for a ball, are among the novelties.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Have turnips cut into balls, and carrots into shapes, and put them over the meat.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Hammer into natural concave shape with a bit of heavy wood rounded into a ball at one end for the purpose.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
When a ball strikes the ground, it is pushed out of shape.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
It was in the shape of a ball and hung to the very top of the mast.
"The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave" by Ross Kay
As yet he showed no signs of waking; his eyes were tightly shut, and he was almost a ball in shape.
"The Princess Idleways" by Mrs. W. J. Hayes
Then shape into balls the size of small lemons, roll in crumbs, dip in egg and again in crumbs and fry in hot deep fat.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
All that is now necessary is to pull out the cardboard rings and shape the ball a little in your hands.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Shape with the hands in tiny balls and poach two minutes in boiling water or a little consomme.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Some are round like little balls and others are the shape of tiny rods.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
Abruptly, as they dropped lower, the contour of the planet seemed to change from the shape of a ball to the shape of a cup.
"Planet of the Gods" by Robert Moore Williams
He broke a piece of bread upon the tablecloth and his big, well-shaped fingers began to roll it into little balls.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
Instrument is made of brass and has a ball-shaped handle.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Shape into smooth round balls.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
The favors can be small boxes in the shape of foot-balls filled with red candies.
"Dinners and Luncheons" by Paul Pierce

In poetry:

And a queerly-shaped spot on his forehead,
Where I put a conical ball
The day that he murdered Dan Denver,
The pluckiest rider of all.
"Dan Wasn’t Thrown from His Horse" by Henry Lawson
The ball, the play, the mask, by turns succeed:
For her I make the song; the dance with her I lead:
I court her, various, in each shape and dress
That luxury may form or thought express.
"Solomon on the Vanity of the World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Pleasure. Book II." by Matthew Prior
Don't they know that I promised to die!
I'm keping in practice.
I'm merely staying in shape.
The pills are a mother, but better,
every color and as good as sour balls.
I'm on a diet from death.
"The Addict" by Anne Sexton
Gerd sits spindle-shaped in her dark tent,
Lean face gone tawn with seasons ,
Skin worn down to the knucklebones
At her tough trade; without time's taint
The burnished ball hangs fire in her hands, a lens
Fusing time's three horizons.
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath
Ye know who use the Crystal Ball
(To peer by stealth on Doom), The Shade that, shaping first of all,
Prepares an empty room. Then doth It pass Like breath from glass,
But, on the extorted Vision bowed intent,
No man considers why It came or went.
"Before a Midnight Breaks in Storm" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

(CBS News) Buckyballs may be a fun desk toy for adults, but the tiny ball-shaped magnets can present a deadly risk to children.
And chances are the respondent will credit Italian American immigrants, who modified a torpedo-shaped French loaf, freighted it with cold cuts or leftover meat-balls, crammed it in a lunch pail, and carried it off to work.
It is in fact a dangerous ball game where a wad of wire and goatskin is hurled at up to 150mph with a Xistera, a shallow basket shaped like a pelican's beak.
A two-part hinged mold arrangement enables a range of profiles including balls and 3-D shapes to be produced.
In the world of chemistry, the soccer-ball-shaped molecule called the buckyball is like a child prodigy yet to live up to early acclaim.
With the concave shape of the asphalt lanes, the path of the ball can be unpredictable.
Cast nets used to harvest the shrimp over bait , which consist of a mixture of fish meal and mud shaped into balls, must have a minimum mesh size of 1/2-inch square with a 1-inch stretch.
The person who comes closest to guessing how many Super Mega Fun-Balls are in the rocket shaped dispenser wins the entire container of balls -- and the rocket, too.
Besides, you avoid biting into a chunky piece of dough, as can happen when the dumpling is ball-shape.
Kites , including micro kites (five inches diameter), rotating box kites , shaped kites , and balsa wood gliders, rubber band powered helicopters, parachute balls, and other nostalgic flying toys will be available for sale.
The halo of dark matter that is thought to surround the Milky Way appears to be shaped like a squashed beach ball, astronomers have found.
Our friends at Popular Photography found a concept camera we'd definitely love to try: a throwable, ball-shaped camera that uses its 36 cellphone camera sensors to take a 360° panoramic shot when thrown.
Roll half the truffles in cocoa and the other half in peanuts , constantly shaping each ball as you work.
The inner and outer layers of Tuscan leather and the calfskin lining take on the shape of the ball to absorb the impact.
Shape popcorn mix into palm-sized balls and sprinkle with sea salt .

In science:

The motion of the billiard ball is determined by the shape of the billiard table (which is chosen to be irregular in some way) and it is drastically different for small variations in the initial tra jectory.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Furthermore, an external confining potential produces robust ion clusters that can have cigar-like and ball-like shapes, which remain stable when the confining potential is removed.
Clustering of Ions at Atomic Dimensions in Quantum Plasmas
These carbon molecules have a structure of a truncated icosahedron.[see Fig.5.] The truncated icosahedron has 12 pentagon and 20 hexagon rings and has 60 vertices - the shape of the soccer ball.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
We prove that the shape of the image of the core of a ball under any element of a regular semigroup is good (bounded geometric distortion like the Koebe 1/4-lemma ).
Dynamics of certain non-conformal semigroups
The number density of Q-balls formed in this way depends on the shape of the potential at large φ and the horizon size at the time of formation.
Q-ball candidates for self-interacting dark matter
To extract signal yields, the distribution is fit to two Crystal Ball line shapes and a third-order Chebyshev polynomial for the background.
B to charmonium - mini-summary
We see that the metric settles down to the naive metric outside a certain ball shaped region |~x| > √α′ .
The quantum structure of black holes
The important point is that if we draw a ball shaped region around the horizon then the state in this region is the vacuum state |0i.
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
In the traditional picture fig.6(a) we can mark a ball shaped region around the horizon where all quantum fields are in the vacuum state |0i; i.e., we just have the expected vacuum of quantum fields on gently curved spacetime.
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
For interior estimates one may assume by affine transformation that a section of a convex solution is of good shape, that is it lies between two concentric balls whose radii ratio is controlled.
Boundary regularity for the Monge-Ampere and affine maximal surface equations
We state a distributional estimate for sums of hyperbolic Haars which shapes the potential forms of approach to the Small Ball Conjecture.
Small Ball and Discrepancy Inequalities
In the next statement, Br denotes the ball {|x − x| < r} and Ωr,δ the lens shaped domain Ωr,δ = (cid:8)(t, x) : 0 < t , |x − x|2 + δ t < r2 (cid:9) 1 This explicit elementary example was suggested by Nicolas Lerner.
Remarks on the Well-Posedness of the Nonlinear Cauchy Problem
Notice that the CCCDs are defined with (open) balls only, whereas PCDs are not based on a particular geometric shape or a functional form; that is, PCDs admit NY (·) to be any type of region, e.g., circle (ball), arc slice, triangle, a convex or nonconvex polygon, etc.
Extension of One-Dimensional Proximity Regions to Higher Dimensions
The spherical proximity regions were defined with (open) balls only, whereas the new proximity maps are not based on a particular geometric shape or a functional form; that is, the new proximity maps admit any type of region, e.g., circle (ball), arc slice, triangle, a convex or nonconvex polygon, etc.
Extension of One-Dimensional Proximity Regions to Higher Dimensions
The basic shapes of these complex structures were named after well known types of cheese and pasta: droplets = meat balls (bubbles = Swiss cheese), rods = spaghetti (tubes = penne) and slabs = lasagna, for three, two and one dimensions respectively.
The pasta phase and its consequences on neutrino opacities