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ballad a poem or song that tells a story.
ballast heavy material placed in a boat or ship to make it more stable. [2 definitions]
ball bearing a machine part made of a groove in the shape of a circle with metal balls that roll in it. A ball bearing lets an axle or other part move easily.
ballerina a female ballet dancer.
ballet a form of dance that uses exact, graceful movements. [2 definitions]
ballgame a game played with a ball on a field.
balloon a large bag made of thin material designed to inflate and be lifted off the ground when filled with hot air or a gas that is lighter than air. [3 definitions]
ballot a piece of paper on which people who are voting enter their choices. [3 definitions]
ballpoint a pen that has a small ball in its tip. The ball moves the ink from the pen to the paper.
ballroom a large room used for dancing.
balsa a tree of tropical America, whose wood is very light in weight. [2 definitions]
balsam fir a tree of the pine family, native to Canada and the northeastern United States. It is an evergreen tree and is cut for lumber and Christmas trees.
bamboo a tropical grass plant that has hard, woody, hollow stems. Many kinds of bamboo grow as high as a tree. [2 definitions]
ban1 to forbid or have an official rule against; prohibit. [2 definitions]
banana a long, curved fruit that has a thick yellow skin. It grows in bunches on a tall tropical plant.
band1 a group of people, animals, or objects acting together. [3 definitions]
band2 a thin strip of material that holds several objects together. [4 definitions]
bandage a strip of cloth used to protect or cover a wound or other injury. [2 definitions]
Band-Aid (Trademark) A Band-Aid brand bandage is a strip of tape that holds a gauze pad. It is used to cover small wounds. [3 definitions]
bandanna a large handkerchief with a brightly colored design that is worn on the head or neck.
B and B an abbreviation for bed and breakfast; a small inn.