Definition of volleyball in English:



mass noun
  • 1A game for two teams, usually of six players, in which a large ball is hit by hand over a high net, the aim being to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent's side of the court.

    • ‘The Zambia team will compete in several events among them volleyball, netball, table tennis and swimming.’
    • ‘In addition, Sydney fielded teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball and rugby.’
    • ‘These include track events for athletes and team events in netball, soccer and volleyball.’
    • ‘The games facilities will cater for sports such as table tennis, volleyball, pool and badminton.’
    • ‘Among the clubs that have received funding are alpine sports, rugby league, volleyball, cricket and golf.’
    • ‘As they ate, he noticed two teams of refugees playing volleyball in the street.’
    • ‘Athletes will compete in track and field, volleyball, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘She is a fine athlete and has played volleyball and basketball for her school.’
    • ‘On the flip side, there was some good volleyball played during the tournament.’
    • ‘If you're sociable, try a team sport such as volleyball, or find a workout partner.’
    • ‘Football was number one but he had also done athletics, basketball, volleyball and cricket.’
    • ‘Basketball, handball, and volleyball are modern sports that are beginning to catch on.’
    • ‘These kinds of injuries are common in basketball, football, volleyball, and soccer.’
    • ‘She used to play volleyball for her school team but quit due to the risk of injury.’
    • ‘Apart from athletics, she also competes in a wide range of events such as gymnastics, volleyball and basketball.’
    • ‘For most people, beaches are gregarious places for fun and games, cricket and football, volleyball and kites.’
    • ‘They gather at the gym for basketball and volleyball, and at the local rink for hockey.’
    • ‘She played volleyball and basketball, was on a swim team and was an outstanding soccer player.’
    • ‘The most popular spectator and participant sports are soccer and volleyball.’
    • ‘Basketball and volleyball are also popular sports but nothing comes close to football.’
    1. 1.1count noun The inflated ball used in volleyball.
      • ‘Don't come at me with a volleyball because all I have to do is STAND THERE and my team will win.’
      • ‘He finds a volleyball in a parcel and names it Wilson, talking to it as if it were human.’
      • ‘Whether or not you can spike a mean volleyball, there is a lot to be said for being tall.’
      • ‘I grasp my aching head and turn around to see them laughing hysterically as the volleyball bounces away.’
      • ‘Sputtering, I discovered the volleyball floating next to me as whoops of triumph entered my ears.’
      • ‘I cracked an eye open and stared at a guy holding a volleyball and, apparently, staring back at me.’
      • ‘I had more emotional attachment to the volleyball than any other character in the movie.’
      • ‘Elena picked up a volleyball that sat on the floor nearby and began throwing it up into the air and catching it.’
      • ‘I took the volleyball from him, raised it above my head and spiked it over the net.’
      • ‘Ryan grabbed a volleyball from the cart and we began serving to specific spots on the court.’
      • ‘You would be gratified to learn that it hurts like hell and is the size of a volleyball.’
      • ‘However, I did dive for a volleyball a week or two ago in gym class and landed myself another trip to the ER.’
      • ‘The two friends were hitting the volleyball back and forth over the net, and talking at the same time.’
      • ‘I called out a greeting but was distracted by the volleyball again before I got to say anything else.’
      • ‘I bite the dust when it comes to anything else - and he picked up the volleyball to hand it to me.’