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netball

[net-bawl] /ˈnɛtˌbɔl/
noun
1.
Tennis. a ball, on a return shot, that hits the top of the net and drops on the other side of the court, thus remaining in play.
2.
British. a game similar to basketball, played with a soccer ball, usually outdoors.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; net1 + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for net ball

netball

/ˈnɛtˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
a team game similar to basketball, played mainly by women
Derived Forms
netballer, noun
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netball

popular game in girls' schools in England and several other British Commonwealth countries, similar to six-player girls' basketball in the United States. It is played on a hard-surfaced rectangular court 100 feet long and 50 feet wide (30 by 15 metres), clearly marked into three zones with half circles 16 feet in radius at either end for shooting. The goalposts stand 10 feet high with ringed nets at the top through which the ball must pass from above to score a point. The rings are 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter, and the ball is of leather or rubber, about 8.5 inches in diameter and 14-16 ounces (400-450 grams) in weight.

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