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  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.
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Origin of volleyball

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; volley + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for volleyball


  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 Origin and History for volleyball


1896, from volley + ball (n.1).

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