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 Terranova has achieved legendary status in the sport of table tennis with an impressive resume that covers five decades as a player and a coach. Emmett Hall,, "Broward Table Tennis Club open for business," 10 Sep. 2020 Start simple with accessible fare like bowling and table tennis. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How Ars Technica’s tech-savvy staffers conduct happy hours in locked-down 2020," 6 Sep. 2020 The team has stayed unified off the ice with things like a table tennis tournament at its hotel in Toronto. Curtis Rush, New York Times, "Islanders Advance in N.H.L. Playoffs Past Washington Capitals," 20 Aug. 2020 The most devoted among them turned to the rare international sport that had continued — Russian table tennis or Belarusian soccer. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "Sports gambling surging, surpasses $1 billion in Indiana despite pandemic," 17 Aug. 2020 The Athletes' Advisory Council group that wrote the letter included table tennis player Han Xiao, fencer Cody Mattern, bobsledder Bree Schaaf, track athlete Moushaumi Robinson, para-cycler Sam Kavanagh and rower Nick LaCava. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "'Athletes will no longer be silenced': Olympic, Paralympic athletes call for policy change," 27 June 2020 Betting on table tennis has become more popular in the United States while most major sports are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN, which says hundreds of thousands of dollars are being wagered each day. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "New Jersey suspends betting on Ukrainian table tennis due to match-fixing concerns," 11 July 2020 In South Korea, nearly 200 infections have been traced to employees at a door-to-door sales company in Seoul, and at least 70 other infections are tied to a table tennis club there. Joseph Wilson And Jamey Keaten, USA TODAY, "WHO reports largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases," 23 June 2020 Concerns of potential match-fixing on Ukrainian table tennis events prompted the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to tell sportsbooks in the state to suspend betting on the sport. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "New Jersey suspends betting on Ukrainian table tennis due to match-fixing concerns," 11 July 2020

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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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20 Sep 2020

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“Table tennis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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