rac·​quet·​ball ˈra-kət-ˌbȯl How to pronounce racquetball (audio)
: a game similar to handball that is played on a 4-walled court with a short-handled racket and a larger ball
also : the ball used in this game

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web First responders can work out in the fitness center, play basketball, racquetball and pickleball on the courts, run or walk on the indoor track, take a group exercise class, swim in the 25-meter pool, or relax in the sauna or whirlpool. cleveland, 16 Dec. 2022 While the sport — a mix of tennis, racquetball, badminton and Ping-Pong — was started in 1965, interest in it has exploded in recent years after steadily rising over the last decade. Rachel Simon, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2022 Another child had swallowed a water-absorbing ball that could grow to the size of a racquetball. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2022 High-energy activities such as weight lifting, racquetball, aerobics, laps in a pool, running or dancing are beneficial. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Older children need at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity, such as fast cycling, swimming, climbing briskly up a hill or playing in team sports such as soccer, field hockey, racquetball or basketball. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 May 2021 After graduating from Macalester College, in 1983, Emanuel briefly played professional racquetball, and then got a job working for Robert Lantz, a New York talent agent. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Walchanowicz said that according to state guidelines, the gymnasium, sauna and steam room, showers, atrium, and racquetball courts will be closed until further notice. Laura Bednar, cleveland, 30 May 2020 Shay spent most of his time in recent years inside his split-level Deerfield house, a glorious mess of photos, books, racquetball trophies, art work ... a panorama of his life. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of racquetball was in 1965

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“Racquetball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racquetball. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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rac·​quet·​ball ˈrak-ət-ˌbȯl How to pronounce racquetball (audio)
: a game for two or four played on a four-walled court with short-handled rackets and a rubber ball
also : the ball used in this game
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