vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl \

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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In the seven years since becoming a royal herself, Kate Middleton has been spotted taking part in everything from a cricket match in India to a volleyball game in East London. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wore Heels While Playing Ball With Prince Harry and Crushed It," 24 Sep. 2018 College of the Ozarks, which has approximately 1,400 undergraduates, competes in six sports -- baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track and volleyball -- as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "College of the Ozarks, private Christian school, drops Nike over Kaepernick ad," 6 Sep. 2018 Cali Trepp, a 24-year-old model who studied nursing and played volleyball at Alverno College in Milwaukee; and Samantha McKinnon, who has worked at Deuce’s and the Diamond Club in Wrigleyville; are among the 22 competitors. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "2 Chicagoans look for love on MTV's 'Are You the One?'," 11 July 2018 What one wilderness doc thought was a simple rash or possibly the shingles on the top of his foot was actually a horde of cutaneous larva picked up while playing beach volleyball on the banks of the Amazon. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "19 Lessons I Learned from Extreme Sports Pros," 25 June 2018 Their sister Ciera Cockrell plays volleyball for Davidson. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "That incredible last-second win in the women's relay? One runner grew up in Charlotte," 11 June 2018 Well, 32 years have passed since Maverick and Iceman played volleyball and flew fighter jets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Planes Will Tom Cruise Fly in 'Top Gun: Maverick'?," 31 May 2018 She was named All-City in volleyball twice, basketball once and softball four times. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "2018 City and County Athletes of the Year," 30 May 2018 The 6-foot Wishart is the team’s setter, a crucial position in volleyball. Andrew Higginbottom, BostonGlobe.com, "In Braintree, Wishart, other newcomers elevate volleyball," 25 May 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 \

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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