(also FLAT BALL, ROLL OUT) 1) An ineffective ball that fades or deflects badly when it hits the pins. 2) Can be declared at delivery if any of a variety of factors occurs as listed in the USBC Rule Book. 3) Any ball that enters the channel.
any ball that is not live; occurs after each successful field goal or free-throw attempt, after any official's whistle or if the ball leaves the court; it stops play which is then resumed by a jump ball, throw-in or free-throw.
A dead ball in American football is a condition that occurs between football plays, after the player with the football has run out of bounds or after he is down by contact. During the time in which a ball is dead, a team may not attempt to advance it and no change of possession can take place.
In the sport of cricket, a dead ball is a particular state of play in which the players may not perform any of the active aspects of the game. In other words, batsmen may not score runs and fielders may not attempt to get batsmen out.