Definition of dead ball in US English:

dead ball


  • (in sports) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play.

    • ‘The ball careened back into fair territory and was caught by pitcher Kip Wells but was ruled a dead ball by plate umpire Travis Katzenmeier.’
    • ‘A baseball that lodges in an umpire's mask or paraphernalia should be ruled a dead ball and runners are allowed to advance one base.’
    • ‘There was a dead ball with 5 seconds to go in the game and while Denver started celebrating, the Kings left the court.’
    • ‘‘Some years ago when playing amateur football, I retrieved a dead ball from off the pitch, carried it back on and handed it to my goalie,’ Craig Thomas told us a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘The player may re-enter the game at the first dead ball after the 5-minute penalty has elapsed.’


dead ball

/ˈded ˌbôl/