water polo

noun

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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Princeton was the top local team in the final water polo rankings at the no. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "2017 Ohio All-Stars: Boys and Girls Water Polo," 17 Jan. 2018 The new pools would be deep enough so the schools could host competitive diving meets and play water polo without the players standing on the pool bottom. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Potential Hinsdale District 86 boundary change dominates public comment on school improvements," 12 June 2018 There's the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country's beloved water polo. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia 'love' their underdog status in Sunday's World Cup final," 12 July 2018 The aquatic competitions, which start July 22 and end August 10, include diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Monster Jam, Bay Hill highlight sport-incentive requests for bed-tax money," 10 July 2018 But the Pac-12 can help its athletic departments succeed in the sport that matters most—which, unfortunately for the league, isn’t water polo. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How 'Scheduling for Success' Can Help the Pac-12 Keep Pace in the Playoff Era," 7 May 2018 There’s the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country’s beloved water polo. Washington Post, "Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final," 12 July 2018 Watson also coached junior varsity water polo (1984-87) and junior varsity swimming (1984-90 and 2006-12). Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "PUSD says farewell to 28 retiring high school teachers," 30 May 2018 Only one local school has changed divisions for boys’ water polo as the CIF Southern Section has released playoff groupings for the fall season. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Just one local change in CIF boys' water polo divisions," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of water polo

1875, in the meaning defined above

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water polo

noun

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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