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meat +‎ ball


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meatball (plural meatballs)

  1. A ball of minced or ground meat, seasoned and cooked.
    • 1894: Yearbook of Agriculture
      Meatballs may contain ground meat mixed with seasonings, breadcrumbs, mashed potatoes, rice, and liquid. The meat mixture is often shaped, browned. and simmered in a sauce for 30 to 45 minutes over low heat or in a 350° F. oven. During cooking the meat is basted with the sauce occasionally. Meatballs also may be fried in a pan or in deep fat.
    • 1996: Mrs. Miracle. Debbie Macomber. Pg. 101.
      I prefer spaghetti with meatballs instead the meat all crumbled in with the sauce.
  2. (slang) A stupid person.
  3. (baseball) An easy pitch to hit, especially thrown right down the middle of the plate.
    • 2020: "Oakland A’s faced all their nightmares in Game 3 and wrote a new ending" by Alex Hall, Athletics Nation
      And then. A 98.4 fastball on the inside half of the plate, ring him up, Strike 3, game over. It wasn’t a meatball like Terrence Long watched to finish 2003 ALDS Game 5, but it felt the same.
  4. (aviation) An optical landing system.
    • 1961, Approach (volume 7)
      During a pitching deck recovery a pilot must average out the meatball oscillations at the ramp in an attempt to maintain his airplane on the desired glide slope.
  5. (graphical user interface) menu icon of three horizontal dots
    Coordinate terms: meatball, kebab, hamburger, bento

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  • Japanese: ミートボール
  • Korean: 미트볼 (miteubol)


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