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

Examples of volleyball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web K-Park had two volleyball players signed to play in college in Alia Williams (LSU) and Libby Overmyer (Colgate). Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD has 30 student athletes commit on National Signing Day," 13 Nov. 2019 So is his little sister, Olivia, a freshman volleyball player at Bristol Central. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Bristol Central sophomore Donovan Clingan, a top basketball prospect with a scholarship offer from UConn, has grown through a family’s unimaginable heartbreak," 3 Nov. 2019 The festival’s panel lineup includes big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, Olympic volleyball player Gabby Reece and pilots from the spaceflight company Virgin Galactic. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Anderson .Paak, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip & More to Headline 4xFAR Festival in Coachella Valley," 30 Oct. 2019 These ties to an uber-athletic family — Kittle also is close with his mom Jan (onetime college basketball and softball player) and sister Emma (former college volleyball player) — provide insight into the roots of his rise to prominence. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ George Kittle: Big numbers, big personality, soft spot for Dad’s wisdom," 19 Oct. 2019 More than 10,000 votes were cast for the volleyball players of the week in North, Central and South regions of the state. Dennis Victory, al, "See Week 8 volleyball Player of the Week winners in North, Central and South regions," 18 Oct. 2019 The Buffalo Beach takes place by the volleyball nets that are behind the B Ocean Resort at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Don’t know anything about rugby? Doesn’t matter. You can still play on the beach this summer.," 2 Aug. 2019 But for one hour on a Wednesday, as the sun set beyond the volleyball nets, the bustling Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza lit up with the sounds of contemporary jazz compliments of local pianist David Benoit and his quintet. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.'s greatest jazz night turns 70, led by its unwavering 94-year-old matriarch," 18 July 2019 On a recent spring morning, younger students tossed balls over a volleyball net in gym class, while older students learned grammar. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Valley Christian Academy treats employees like family, gains 2nd place spot in small-company category: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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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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