a game for two teams in which the object is to keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a high net, by striking it with the hands before it touches the ground.
the ball used in this game.

1895–1900, Americanism; volley + ball1

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volleyball (ˈvɒlɪˌbɔːl)
1.  a game in which two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands
2.  the ball used in this game

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Word Origin & History

1896, from volley + ball (1).
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Example sentences
Nearby, surfers ride waves that roll onto a broad, sandy beach sectioned off by
  volleyball courts.
Take part in a game of horseshoes, beach volleyball, or basketball on one of
  the numerous courts.
It has a mini-soccer field and volleyball courts open to the public.
Here bronzed bodies took a break from their beach volleyball to watch the
  television screens at the outdoor bar.
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