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volleyball

[ vol-ee-bawl ]

noun

  1. a game for two teams in which the object is to keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a high net, by striking it with the hands before it touches the ground.
  2. the ball used in this game.


volleyball

/ ˈvɒlɪˌbɔːl /

noun

  1. a game in which two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands
  2. the ball used in this game


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Word History and Origins

Origin of volleyball1

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; volley + ball 1
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Example Sentences

When Tui Tuileta left Honolulu for college in 2016, he was renowned for his skills in volleyball, not baking.

From Time

Longtime residents of Lanikai remember a wide beach where they would gather with family and friends to play volleyball and football.

Adrion Howell, of Bowie, said his 14-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, misses playing volleyball with her travel club — especially because she does not get to see and hang out with her teammates.

Twin volleyball players Bria and Cimone Woodard transferred from Texas A&M to Howard.

I miss doing theater, playing volleyball, and hanging out with my friends.

Inside the prison are regulation-size basketball and volleyball courts.

You can also work up an appetite with a beach volleyball tournament or rock out to your favorite local band.

All they wanted was the chance to cheer on the Iranian volleyball team in its game against Brazil.

Oh, OK, her first post-natal engagement, at a volleyball club, was dominated by photos of her top riding up her chest.

By contrast, the era of American POWs offers photos of Christmas parties and volleyball in the courtyard.

He was organizing ping-pong games and indoor baseball for the boys and girls and even volleyball for some grown men who had come.

The injured knee was already so swollen that it was visible, like a volleyball, beneath his baggy trousers.

We fixed a place between the barracks to play volleyball and played occasionally.

Other recreation at the site included volleyball and hunting.

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