breaking ball

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breaking ball a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
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Usage

In literature:

The balls will cook in four or five minutes, and they must not boil too fast or they will break.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Den 'fo' you kin wink yo' eye-ball, Brer Rabbit slap hisse'f on de leg en break out in a laugh.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
When you feel the fire, break the ball with your teeth and swallow.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
When cold break the bottles, clear away the glass carefully, and put paper round the balls.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Tread on it, and like the fuss-ball, it will break into dust.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
At day-break, Mons Meg will be fired; being loaded with a cotton-ball, brought from Manchester by one of her Members, JOHN BRIGHT.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
The ball rushed forward undeviatingly; but, as it neared the cup, its speed slackened so as not to break it.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
Even the incredible violence of a concentration of every available force-ball against one point could not break through.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
When a low trolley is used the ball of soil must be firm, and not liable to break to pieces when handled with reasonable care.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Brown, right guard, makes good holes and breaks through well, but runs poorly with the ball.
"Harper's Round Table, October 29, 1895" by Various
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In news:

Ball player breaks record with 138 points.
Kids grew up playing dodge ball either outside on the playground during recess or while taking a break from school work during Physical Education.
But life comes crashing down when a bigger dog steals Daisy's ball and accidentally breaks it.
In 2010, seemingly every break, bounce of the ball and umpire's blown call went the Giants' way as they won an improbable World Series.
The ball squirted to James Southerland , who led a fast break in the opposite direction.
Watch this ball seemingly break the laws of physics, as it travels from his crotch to her face.
Reading the green will give you the visual information you need to get the ball started in the right direction to compensate for whatever break there is.
The event was an attempt by a local Chick-fil-A restaurant to break the world record for the most people in a Zorb ball in a single day.
Cooper Gold runs with the ball and tries to break a tackle in Newtown's November 9 win over Bunnell.
Cabrera, locked in on the breaking ball he'd seen so often in the at-bat, stared at Romo's fastball for the called third strike that secured the Giants' 4-3, 10- inning win at Comerica Park on Sunday night.
The Crisp County Sheriff's Office has cracked the cases of multiple car break-ins at the Crisp County Recreation Ball Complex.
The league is seeing record-breaking television ratings and rising revenues, leaving other American sports leagues behind the ball.
Meanwhile, the Knicks made 18 3-pointers, shooting 40 percent from long range, and they turned the ball over just seven times to break a five-game losing streak in Miami.
Rob Helsten of Rumorz 1 ran the table and Nick Roberts of Tilden Club and Luke Elvetici of Rumorz 3 both had eight-ball breaks during Week 7 action in the Ishpeming Men's Pool League on Oct 31.
The ball will never go in the hole if it doesn't ever get to the hole, nor will it ever go in if it's already below the hole on a breaking putt .
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In science:

Rephrasing the stick-breaking interpretation, Kn is the number of boxes occupied by at least one of n balls, with probability Yj of hitting the j th box.
Bernoulli Sieve
When a BON is clipped the relationship between load and indegree breaks down but the balancing performance remains quite good due to the so-called “power of two choices ” in ball-bin load balancing.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
At some point, the billiard balls will break and generate a paradox.
Quantum Mechanics and Closed Timelike Curves
Suppose that the balls are placed sequentially so that for each ball we choose 2 bins independently and uniformly at random and place the ball into the less full bin (breaking ties arbitrarily).
Enhanced Random Walk with Choice: An Empirical Study
We assume that each “molecule” will finally fall out through one of the holes, and once it reaches the next floor it breaks and separates into two disconnected billard balls which start to roll towards two perpendicular walls of the room.
Bell inequality and complementarity loophole
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