handball (n.) also hand-ball, mid-15c., "small ball, thrown or batted by hand," also the name of a game, from hand (n.) + ball (n.1). Originally a throwing and catching game popular before the use of bats or rackets. The modern sport of that name seems to be so called by 1885.
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British Dictionary definitions for handball. handball. / ( ˈhændˌbɔːl) /. noun. a game in which two teams of seven players try to throw a ball into their opponent's goal. a game in which two or four people strike a ball against a wall or walls with the hand, usually gloved. the small hard rubber ball used in this game.
Handball (also known as team handball, European handball or Olympic handball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outcourt players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team.
in the US, a game in which players hit a small, hard rubber ball against a wall with their hands. Giantstep Inc/DigitalVision/GettyImages. [ U ] (US also team handball) a game similar to football, played by throwing a ball instead of kicking it. skynesher/E+/GettyImages.
handball in British English. (ˈhændˌbɔːl ) noun. 1. a game in which two teams of seven players try to throw a ball into their opponent's goal. 2. a game in which two or four people strike a ball against a wall or walls with the hand, usually gloved. 3. the small hard rubber ball used in this game.
hand·ball. (hănd′bôl′) n. 1. a. A game that is played, often on a four-walled court, by two or more players who alternately hit a small rubber ball against the front wall with the hand, with play stopping if the ball bounces twice on the floor or does not reach the front wall. b. The ball used in this game. 2.
noun. 0. 0. A violation of the rules in soccer in which a player other than the goalie inside the penalty area carries, strikes, or propels the ball with the hand or arm. A hand ball is usually called when the hand or arm is away from the body and touches the ball. noun.
noun. 1 A game similar to fives, in which the ball is hit with the hand in a walled court. ‘The club invites the public to come along and see the refurbished main hall and the racquetball, handball and squash courts.’. ‘Those who wish to book the main hall, handball/racketball court and Games room can do so now.’.