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[vol-ee-bawl] /ˈvɒl iˌbɔl/
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.
Origin of volleyball
1895-1900, Americanism; volley + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for volleyball
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  • Here bronzed bodies took a break from their beach volleyball to watch the television screens at the outdoor bar.
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British Dictionary definitions for volleyball


a game in which two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands
the ball used in this game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for volleyball

1896, from volley + ball (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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