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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The middle of the plaza had a giant air hockey table, and there was a stacked washer-dryer unit where fans picked up a hockey stick and tried to send shots into the openings. Matt Doherty,, 30 Dec. 2022 There will be a shooting contest for prizes, a giant air hockey table, and a Bruins trivia contest. Nate Weitzer,, 15 Dec. 2022 Extra perks include an elevator, an oversized home office and a second entertainment area with an air hockey table and foosball table. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2022 Bring the arcade to your home with this air hockey set. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 23 Nov. 2022 Like pool tables and air hockey tables, ping-pong tables provide an excellent source of fun and entertainment. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2022 Making a big purchase like an air hockey table requires serious time and thought. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2022 The house already features a movie theater, a game room complete with air hockey and foosball, and a home gym space. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 If the fossils didn’t draw them in, the air hockey table did, and there was always one or two show-offs brave enough to have the boa constrictor draped over their shoulders. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Air hockey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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