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Definition of table tennis 

: a game resembling tennis that is played on a tabletop with wooden paddles and a small hollow plastic ball

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Browse photos of the 2018 Maryland table tennis champions., "Digest: Castro, Laginja win titles at Maryland table tennis tournament," 4 June 2018 At Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in Omaha on May 7, the two moguls continued their tradition of playing bridge and table tennis. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Really Know How to Let Loose," 9 May 2017 Last night on The Tonight Show, Shai teamed up with host Jimmy Fallon, attempting to play a little one-handed table tennis in an enormous two-person sweater. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Shailene Woodley Plays Ping Pong In Heels And A Double Turtleneck, Because She's Awesome," 13 Mar. 2014 The table tennis focus is part of a broader push at West Monroe to cultivate camaraderie. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "This Employee-Owned Consulting Firm Was Just Named One of Chicago's Best Places to Work," 25 May 2018 Other sports are trying to catch up; the 2020 Olympics will feature mixed events added to shooting, table tennis, swimming, track and field and triathlon. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "To Know Mixed Doubles’ Place in Tennis, Look at the Prize Money," 13 July 2018 Pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, was invented in 1965 near Seattle, Wash. Contact 281-793-4360 or Terry St. John, Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: July 6-8," 4 July 2018 Their married life revolves almost completely around table tennis. Pam Kragen,, "Married table tennis legends aiming for gold," 19 June 2018 The facility featured outdoor bowling, archery, tennis, driving range, badminton, table tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, arcade and, of course, miniature golf. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: Little America and Wonderland kiddie park," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of table tennis

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of table tennis was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of table tennis

: a game in which players stand at opposite ends of a table and use wooden paddles to hit a small plastic ball to each other across a net

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Kids Definition of table tennis

: a game played on a table by two or four players who use paddles to hit a small hollow plastic ball back and forth over a net

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