vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Definition of volleyball

: a game played by volleying an inflated ball over a net also : the ball used in this game

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The multi-purpose arena, which seats more than 10,000 people and underwent a major renovation six years ago, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is home to the university’s basketball and volleyball games. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Yuengling gets its name on an arena - in Florida," 19 June 2018 Women in Iran have been forbidden from attending all-male sporting events since a year after the 1979 Islamic revolution, but last year authorities overturned a ban on women attending volleyball games. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "‘Let us be free’: Iranian women mount protest over stadium ban at World Cup match," 15 June 2018 Fishing poles also are available for rental ($5) along with equipment for bean bag, badminton and volleyball games. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "5 nice things to do with your mom in honor of Mother's Day," 3 May 2018 These homerooms will have a chance to play in a beach volleyball championship game later in the spring. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Volunteer at Food Bank: Community Voices," 26 Apr. 2018 That month, the 19-year-old's father called Redmond police to report that Mann had shown up at his home and that Mann was calling and texting his daughter and had gone to her high school volleyball games. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Redmond man accused in federal court of stalking former co-worker for 2 years," 21 Mar. 2018 Free tickets to the women’s basketball and volleyball games. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "MSU President Lou Anna Simon is out of a job — but she still has lifetime perks," 25 Jan. 2018 What sets his movie apart are the flavors, feelings and fleeting glimpses of attraction that find as much erotic tension in a volleyball game or alfresco lunch as in sparring over a Bach cantata. Ann Hornaday, idahostatesman, "Film a summer love recognizable in any country, in any era," 19 Jan. 2018 Former Lake Highland Prep girls volleyball coach Charmaine Schreiber is returning to the Highlanders as high school athletics director this fall. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Schreiber returns to Lake Highland Prep as new A.D.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of volleyball was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of volleyball

: a game in which two teams of players hit a large ball back and forth over a high net
: the ball used to play volleyball


vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Kids Definition of volleyball

1 : a game played by two teams that hit a ball filled with air over a net without letting the ball touch the ground
2 : the ball used in volleyball

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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