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handball

[hand-bawl] /ˈhændˌbɔl/
noun
1.
a game, similar to squash, played by two or four persons who strike a small ball against a wall or walls with the hand.
2.
the small, hard rubber ball used in this game.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English handballe. See hand, ball1
Related forms
handballer, noun
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  • The brown handball-size fruit the vendor offers me looks positively rotten.
  • There is also an executive handball court, for some reason built to nonregulation outsize specifications.
  • But the reality was closer to a grudge handball match.
  • The handball players put in a full day yesterday, all the local courts being crowded with players.
  • handball players put in a busy day at the various local handball courts yesterday.
  • handballers favor this beach thanks to the multiple handball courts available.
  • Team sport players can try soccer, basketball, handball and hockey.
  • He now spends his free time working out, playing handball and racquetball and going out with his friends for a few beers.
British Dictionary definitions for handball

handball

/ˈhændˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
a game in which two teams of seven players try to throw a ball into their opponent's goal
2.
a game in which two or four people strike a ball against a wall or walls with the hand, usually gloved
3.
the small hard rubber ball used in this game
4.
(soccer) the offence committed when a player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area touches the ball with a hand
verb
5.
(Australian rules football) to pass (the ball) with a blow of the fist
Derived Forms
handballer, noun
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Word Origin and History for handball
n.

also hand-ball, 1630s as a type of ball; 1885 as a game, from hand (n.) + ball (n.1).

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Encyclopedia Article for handball

any of a family of games played in walled courts or against a single wall, with a small rubber ball that is struck with hand or fist against the wall. The object is to cause the ball to rebound with variations of power or speed and at such an angle that the opposition cannot return it. There are three versions of handball: four-wall, three-wall, and one-wall. Each may be played by two (singles) or four (doubles).

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