Definition of netball in English:

netball

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A seven-a-side game in which goals are scored by throwing a ball so that it falls through a netted hoop. By contrast with basketball, a player receiving the ball must stand still until they have passed it to another player.

    • ‘I was a lot happier when we player hockey and netball (even though I hated them).’
    • ‘Rugby aside, when it comes to football, rugby league, netball, basketball or cricket, New Zealand is invariably the underdog.’
    • ‘The Tarmac area provides floodlit all weather courts for netball, basketball, hockey, soccer and other sports.’
    • ‘Like with the game we were playing then, it was helping us with throwing and passing, like in a game of basketball or netball.’
    • ‘The Zambia team will compete in several events among them volleyball netball, table tennis and swimming.’
    • ‘We are still playing indoor sports like netball, basketball and cricket, but people now seem more content these days to just go to the gym.’
    • ‘The programme will include sporting disciplines such as basketball, netball, cricket and football, among others.’
    • ‘She's studying for her A-levels, also dances, plays basketball and netball, and does athletics.’
    • ‘Basildon Council offers courses in a range of sports, including football, netball, athletics, cricket, rugby and tennis.’
    • ‘Emma, who attends Oakwood High School in Chorlton, also plays football, netball and basketball, but has always put squash first.’
    • ‘Athletes will compete in track and field, volleyball, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘I know that I enjoyed tennis, badminton, table tennis, squash, netball, basket ball and occasionally hockey.’
    • ‘A wide range of sports are offered at the school including football, tennis, netball, athletics, gym and swimming.’
    • ‘The school will use the money to fund an Astroturf pitch for five-a-side football, hockey, basketball, netball and other sports.’
    • ‘Basketball, netball and volleyball seem to engender less of the problem.’
    • ‘It will mean we'll be able to extend our facilities for hockey, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘The number of pupils taking part in other traditional activities such as hockey, football and netball has also fallen in the past decade.’
    • ‘New court markings will allow sporty students to play basketball, netball and football indoors.’
    • ‘Teams from the three resorts competed in netball, volleyball, football, basketball, cricket and track and field.’
    • ‘Students are able to compete in a number of sports, including football, netball, basketball, cricket and hockey.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] The ball used in netball.
      • ‘Clinic participants also will have the opportunity to win a netball signed by members of the Sandpipers team.’
      • ‘Mitre provided £35,000 worth of footballs, rugby balls, basketballs, netballs and volleyballs in another initiative that saw hundreds of schools across the region benefit.’
      • ‘She first picked up a netball at Poppleton Road Junior School in 1955 and has been hooked on the game ever since.’
      • ‘I run away from netballs, swerve to avoid hockey sticks, grind to a halt in the sack race.’
      • ‘This is a long way from Liz Ellis who has a netball, ‘The Gripper’, named after her.’
      • ‘The Eastern Cape leg of the Rally to Read delivered R16000 worth of books in lockable bookcases, plus other teaching material, educational games, soccer balls and netballs to each of 13 rural schools around Centane at the weekend.’
      • ‘Each week different sports balls were given away - footballs, rugby balls, basketballs, netballs and volleyballs.’

Pronunciation:

netball

/ˈnɛtbɔːl/