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.

Examples of air hockey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teens have a separate, sleeker space with pool tables, air hockey, a dance floor, and its own cafeteria. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2024 One big difference from a friend’s house is a large area on the left side of this restaurant and brewery with over 10 arcades, air hockey, Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot basketball games, table tennis and other games. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 Niles’s function has been partly assumed by his equally fastidious, ineffectual, and un-self-aware teen-age son, David, and Martin’s has been taken over by Frederick Crane, now grown into a thirtysomething Boston firefighter with a taste for air hockey and off-brand whiskey. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2023 Barkov, 28, a Boca Raton resident and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation ambassador, interacted with patients in the part in activities at the Child Life Zone which included playing air hockey, video games, and collaborating on arts and crafts projects. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 McVey cites an air hockey competition with Jonathan Pryce, who plays Prince Philip, as a favorite behind-the-scenes memory — and says the star, who received a knighthood for his services to drama and charity in Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honours List in 2021, won. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 The expansion offers more family-friendly entertainment, including foosball, pool and air hockey tables. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2023 In previous machines, says Chapman, this involved bulk optical components sitting on a platform roughly the size of an air hockey table and weighing about a tonne. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Oct. 2023 Think of that ice like a puck sliding across an air hockey table, only instead of riding on air, the ice is riding on pressurized water. WIRED, 8 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air hockey was in 1972

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“Air hockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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