hand·​ball | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio) \

Definition of handball

1 : a game played in a walled court or against a single wall or board by two or four players who use their hands to strike the ball
2 : a small rubber ball used in handball

Examples of handball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video assistant referee called a handball on the Union inside their box in the 75th minute. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Inter Miami fall to Philadelphia Union in Gonzalo Higuain’s debut," 27 Sep. 2020 Palace captain Zaha had a goal ruled out for offside before Palace won a penalty as Lindelof was harshly penalized for handball. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Manchester United sunk by former player Wilfried Zaha in sorry start to EPL season," 19 Sep. 2020 In the 34th minute, a handball by Ruan in the box handed Chicago another opportunity score. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City thrashes Chicago Fire, extends 6-game unbeaten streak," 19 Sep. 2020 Justin Meram and Albert Rusnák provided the next two goals for RSL, the latter of which came on a penalty kick after LAFC was called for a handball. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Real Salt Lake hammers LAFC 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium," 10 Sep. 2020 Chicago scored a goal in the 69th minute that was eventually taken off the board through video assistant referee for a handball in the buildup to Ignacio Aliseda's finish, but that was the primary threat against FC Cincinnati's goal. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati is still seeking goals while defense delivers against Chicago Fire FC," 3 Sep. 2020 Built by the late-architect Kenzo Tange, the masterpiece was the venue for swimming and is slated to be used for handball next year in Tokyo. Stephen Wade, Star Tribune, "Man born in Hiroshima lights 1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron," 5 Aug. 2020 Mayor Bill de Blasio said about 50,000 more people will come back to work as the city enters Phase 3 of reopening, which in addition to nail salons includes tattoo parlors, indoor tanning, and sports such as basketball, volleyball and handball. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 New York City also reopened its outdoor basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball courts, providing new recreation opportunities during the summer. Michael Gold, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Reopening: Dog Runs and Manicures, but Still No Indoor Dining," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of handball

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handball. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handball

: a game for two or four players who use their hands to hit a ball against a wall
: the ball used in handball


hand·​ball | \ ˈhand-ˌbȯl How to pronounce handball (audio) \

Kids Definition of handball

: a game played by hitting a small ball against a wall or board with the hand

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