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

Examples of water polo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huneeus agreed to pay $300,000 to Rick Singer, the scheme's mastermind, to have someone cheat on his younger daughter's college entrance test and falsely tag her as a water polo athlete to get into the University of Southern California. Editors, USA TODAY, "Impeachment inquiry continues, Nationals to visit White House: 5 things you need to know Monday," 4 Nov. 2019 Glendale’s Hagop Duvenjian shoots with his arm being grabbed by Hoover’s Hayk Nazaryan in a Pacific League boys’ water polo match at Hoover High School on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Late rally lifts Hoover boys’ water polo past rival Glendale," 23 Oct. 2019 Caven Brown, Santa Cruz water polo Finished with four goals to help lead Santa Cruz to a 14-8 victory over Palo Alto. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ: This Week’s Stars," 10 Sep. 2019 Authorities say Vavic, who won 16 national water polo titles at USC, was paid $250,000 to designate two students as recruits. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam," 25 Mar. 2019 Foothill’s girls water polo team had a perfect National Signing Day. Dan Albano, Orange County Register, "Signing Day: All seven seniors on Foothill’s girls water polo team sign," 13 Nov. 2019 While some appreciated the facility upgrades and success in sports such as women’s water polo, others expressed outrage in the school’s failures in its two major sports. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero will retire in June 2020," 19 Sep. 2019 Haley didn’t start playing water polo until high school. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Titans goalie eyes water polo record for saves," 13 Sep. 2019 But also, for everyone in the Midwest, in Chicago, playing water polo. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Fenwick grad Matt Farmer soaks up international experience with U.S. men’s water polo," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of water polo

1875, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Water polo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20polo. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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