top·​spin | \ ˈtäp-ˌspin How to pronounce topspin (audio) \

Definition of topspin

: a rotary motion imparted to a ball that causes it to rotate forward in the direction it is traveling

Examples of topspin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The theory here is that cooler fall conditions don’t suit Nadal’s game, pulling down on his heavy, explosive topspin. oregonlive, "Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic appears certain for 2020 French Open, yet final will not have obvious favorite," 7 Oct. 2020 Swiatek does it with tremendous play at the baseline, picking up balls early and smacking big groundstrokes with thick topspin. Howard Fendrich And Jerome Pugmire,, "Pembroke Pines’ Sofia Kenin wins to make French Open final," 8 Oct. 2020 With two outs in the seventh, Tyler Duffey fooled Martin Maldonado with a curveball that dived into the dirt, and got a routine bouncer to third, perhaps with a little extra topspin, as his reward. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Two fielding plays doom Twins in tight loss to Astros," 30 Sep. 2020 Modern players serve the ball with such force and topspin that the only way to get a handle on these violent high-bouncing assaults is to keep moving back. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Easiest, Riskiest, Most Controversial Shot in Tennis," 30 Sep. 2020 Rafael Nadal, the 12-time French Open champion who beat Egor Gerasimov of Belarus on Monday, is not so happy, especially since his game relies on super-heavy topspin that makes his shots bounce above the eyes of his opponents. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "At the French Open, Cold Weather and a Ball That Will Not Behave," 28 Sep. 2020 Every pro on the tour can hit extreme topspin with the flick of a wrist. oregonlive, "Rafael Nadal isn’t the favorite at the 2020 French Open? So it goes (sort of) in this upside-down pandemic year," 25 Sep. 2020 Up 5-4 and desperate for a break to end the match, Murray crushed a cross-court backhand to get to match point, then finished off the comeback with a topspin lob that Nishioka could not put on the court. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Andy Murray, the Former No. 1, Pulls a Wild U.S. Open Comeback," 1 Sep. 2020 The ball carried about 80 yards in the air, hit the grass on the other end with some serious topspin, bounced over Purchase goalie Mario Olmedo and found its way into the net. Tim Reynolds,, "Recognizing the top 10 plays of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of topspin

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Topspin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of topspin

: a forward spinning motion of a ball

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