from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An athletic event in which contestants attempt to put a heavy metal ball as far as possible.
  • n. The standard ball used in this competition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An athletics event where a competitor must hurl a heavy metal orb as far as possible. Because of the weight of the ball this is done with a pushing motion rather than a throwing motion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an athletic competition in which a heavy metal ball is hurled as far as possible


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