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tennis ball

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
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When darkness came upon the combatants, they lay down to sleep ‘within cast of a tennis ball of each other.’

  • George Emerson was coming up the garden with a tennis ball in his hand.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • Sube raised his eyes to the speaker's hand and beheld a tennis ball with the unaccustomed advantage of a cover.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • Sawyer, grinning, drew back the hand holding the tennis ball.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Bent double into a bush one day, searching a tennis ball, he heard his name bawled up and down the courts; he did not stir.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • This unique wall of cypress is so dense that a tennis ball will rebound from it.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • My earliest recollections of a racket and tennis ball go back to when I was quite small.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies Mrs. Lambert Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for tennis ball

tennis ball

a hollow rubber ball covered with felt, used in tennis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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