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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Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 July 2018 Both avid volleyball players, the couple met on the court. Ethan Millman, latimes.com, "How one couple turned grocery bagging into a fast-growing business," 29 June 2018 Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics while six weeks pregnant. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Pregnant LPGA star Stacy Lewis' contract with KPMG should set a new standard," 27 June 2018 In the second round, the Dolphins picked Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, a former basketball and volleyball player who could be an early weapon as a red-zone target. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Dolphins training camp questions: What will Ryan Tannehill's return mean for Miami?," 25 June 2018 Separated from traffic, except for short stretches, the path explores Southern California beach scene, from the eccentricities of the Venice Boardwalk to the fitter-than-thou beach volleyball players and surfers at Manhattan Beach. Matt Jaffe, SFChronicle.com, "Green travel in (gasp!) Los Angeles is easier than you think," 19 June 2018 His wife, Morgan, is a professional volleyball player. CBS News, "911 call reveals frantic effort to save Bode Miller's daughter Emeline," 13 June 2018 The other finalists were Assumption volleyball player Kayla Kaiser and Christian Academy of Louisville field hockey player Jacquelyn Wilkins. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart's Grace Berger named Courier Journal Kentucky Girls Athlete of the Year," 7 June 2018 For the second straight year, a volleyball player won a state hurdles title. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA track: Hoosier Crossroads emerges as top league," 4 June 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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