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water polo

noun
1.
an aquatic game played by two teams of seven swimmers each, the object being to score goals by pushing, carrying, or passing an inflated ball and tossing it into the opponent's goal, defended by a goalkeeper.
Origin of water polo
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • water polo has few equals as a means of developing the body.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • water polo is played with a ball of white rubber, inflated through a key afterward used to screw shut the opening.

  • In the game of water polo, also, this method of swimming is practised a great deal.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • water polo has become one of the most popular and fascinating of all water sports.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • From an open passing one water polo became one of close formations and fierce scrimmages.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • There is a belief that a game similar to water polo was played by the ancients, but no actual proof of it has been found.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • The game of water polo is such a strenuous one that even the best of men often tackle it with misgivings.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
  • water polo as played to-day in America is rather dangerous for outdoors, and indoor pools are generally used.

    Swimming Scientifically Taught Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
British Dictionary definitions for water polo

water polo

noun
1.
a game played in water by two teams of seven swimmers in which each side tries to throw or propel an inflated ball into the opponents' goal
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