air hockey


Definition of air hockey

: a table game in which two players attempt to score points by using a handheld paddle to shoot a plastic disk across a surface with minimal friction into the opponent's goal

Note: The surface of the table used for air hockey typically contains numerous small holes through which air is blown to create a thin cushion of air.

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Indoors is reminiscent of a community center, with air hockey, foosball and a vintage Pac-Man machine, plus a bar selling $5 glasses of rosé and $6 pints of local craft beer. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 Formerly known as Cafe at Wild Things!, the restaurant will serve burgers, barbecue sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, beer, wine and have games like giant Jenga, Connect 4, air hockey and a foosball table. Grace Wong,, "Bucking traditions at new Korean restaurant, plus more Chicago restaurant openings," 23 July 2019 But even there, competitive air hockey is relatively obscure. Allie Conti, New York Times, "The Lonely Pursuit of Air Hockey Greatness," 19 July 2019 For the older set, Teen Zone is a crash pad with social media suites, air hockey and foosball. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019 Pac-Man Smash is a four-player air hockey game with several dozen pucks in play. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Residents can enjoy a movie room, shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball, and separate poker and billiards room. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rises offer array of on-site services," 9 June 2019 Musk’s original design did this with little jets of air on the bottom of each pod (similar to how an air hockey table would work if the air came out of the puck), but most hyperloop engineers now propose achieving pod levitation with magnets. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 The grounds are home to many different activities, all included: there's a six-hole mini-golf course, tennis courts, billiards, snooker, air hockey and more. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of air hockey

1972, in the meaning defined above

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