table tennis


Definition of table tennis

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

Examples of table tennis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Big league football, basketball, baseball and hockey for sure, plus golf, motorsports, tennis and even table tennis. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 There will be plenty of other United States athletes from Houston in sports across the board from basketball to table tennis. Matt Young, Chron, 23 July 2021 In his second consecutive Paralympic Games, Egypt's table tennis player and amputee Ibrahim Hamadtou continues to produce jaw-dropping shots using only his mouth. Hatem Maher, ABC News, 27 Aug. 2021 One of the two flag bearers, Koyo Iwabuchi, a table tennis player and second-time Paralympian, is currently ranked second in the world and a favorite to win a medal in Tokyo. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 When the Paralympic Games begin in Tokyo on Aug. 24, more than a dozen athletes—sprinters, long-distance runners, cyclists, long-jumpers, table tennis players—will compete wearing prosthetics made by Össur, a company itself founded by an amputee. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 5 Aug. 2021 Zaza of Syria lost in straight sets to Liu Jia, ending the 12-year-old’s hopes of making noise as the youngest table tennis player in Olympics history., 24 July 2021 Sluková-Nausch is the third athlete from the team to test positive, following table tennis player Pavel Širuček and fellow beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič. Maria Pasquini,, 22 July 2021 Mixed doubles has been part of the table tennis world championships since 1926, but makes its Olympic debut this year with 16 teams in a single-elimination tournament that begins July 23 and ends with the gold-medal match July 26 at 7 a.m. Naila-jean Meyers, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Table tennis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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