water polo


Definition of water polo

: a goal game similar to soccer that is played in water by teams of swimmers using a ball resembling a soccer ball

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Recent Examples on the Web The Olympic swimmer and water polo player Duke Kahanamoku, born in Honolulu in 1890, was instrumental in bringing the art of surfing to the mainland United States (despite missionaries’ attempts to tamp it out). New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Hawaii Tonight," 24 Nov. 2020 Football teams were scheduled to begin practices on Dec. 14, with other sports such as girls’ and boys’ volleyball, water polo, gymnastics and cross-country practices also scheduled to start this month. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "CIF doesn’t expect youth sports update from state until after Jan. 1 at the earliest," 1 Dec. 2020 Practices for the first group of sports — including football, cross country, girls volleyball, water polo, competitive cheer and field hockey — are scheduled to begin the first week of December with those seasons concluding in March. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus once again imperils already altered high school sports seasons," 17 Nov. 2020 That’s the day City Section football, volleyball, water polo and cross-country teams were supposed to launch practices. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD chief puts brakes on Dec. 14 start day for high school sports season," 30 Oct. 2020 Fall sports also include field hockey, cross-country and water polo. Ralph D. Russo, Star Tribune, "NCAA abandons fall championships," 13 Aug. 2020 She is headed to Northwestern University next fall and plans to play on their club water polo team there. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Atlantic High senior joins new water polo program," 31 Dec. 2020 Sarah, a water polo player at Rancho Bernardo High School, designed and constructed a special table for scorekeepers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Goodbye boys’ club — six local girls earn Eagle Scout rank," 14 Dec. 2020 That means no bowl games in football and no state championships in cross-country, volleyball and water polo. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "CIF doesn’t expect youth sports update from state until after Jan. 1 at the earliest," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of water polo

1873, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Water polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20polo. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of water polo

: a game that is played in water by two teams of swimmers who try to score by throwing a ball into a goal

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