water polo



an aquatic game played by two teams of seven swimmers each, the object being to score goals by pushing, carrying, or passing an inflated ball and tossing it into the opponent's goal, defended by a goalkeeper.

Origin of water polo

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for water polo

Historical Examples of water polo

  • Taking the water-polo ball next, pass it to given points of the tank to secure accuracy, and sprint after it each time.

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    Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton

  • A few units used footballs for water-polo, but this was mere luxury.

British Dictionary definitions for water polo

water polo


a game played in water by two teams of seven swimmers in which each side tries to throw or propel an inflated ball into the opponents' goal
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