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tennis ball

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noun
  1. a hollow ball used in tennis, made of rubber with a fuzzy covering of woven Dacron, nylon, or wool.

Origin of tennis ball

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for tennis ball

Historical Examples

  • The Tennis-ball Lettuce is remarkable for its extreme hardiness.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America

    Fearing Burr

  • She picked up a tennis-ball that was lying on the edge of the grass.

    The Rubicon

    E. F. Benson

  • In the gutter by this path lay a tennis-ball, neglected and desolate.

    The Judgment Books

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • We can play at tennis-ball, said the Alderman, in an under tone.

  • And so heavy with her tears that she could throw it like a tennis-ball!

    Witching Hill

    E. W. Hornung


British Dictionary definitions for tennis ball

tennis ball

noun
  1. a hollow rubber ball covered with felt, used in tennis
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