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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Students are able to compete in a number of sports, including football, netball, basketball, cricket and hockey.’
    • ‘Rugby aside, when it comes to football, rugby league, netball, basketball or cricket, New Zealand is invariably the underdog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The programme will include sporting disciplines such as basketball, netball, cricket and football, among others.’
    • ‘I know that I enjoyed tennis, badminton, table tennis, squash, netball, basket ball and occasionally hockey.’
    • ‘The Zambia team will compete in several events among them volleyball netball, table tennis and swimming.’
    • ‘Emma, who attends Oakwood High School in Chorlton, also plays football, netball and basketball, but has always put squash first.’
    • ‘The Tarmac area provides floodlit all weather courts for netball, basketball, hockey, soccer and other sports.’
    • ‘Athletes will compete in track and field, volleyball, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘A wide range of sports are offered at the school including football, tennis, netball, athletics, gym and swimming.’
    • ‘Like with the game we were playing then, it was helping us with throwing and passing, like in a game of basketball or netball.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Basketball, netball and volleyball seem to engender less of the problem.’
    • ‘I was a lot happier when we player hockey and netball (even though I hated them).’
    • ‘It will mean we'll be able to extend our facilities for hockey, football, netball and basketball.’
    • ‘The school will use the money to fund an Astroturf pitch for five-a-side football, hockey, basketball, netball and other sports.’
    • ‘The number of pupils taking part in other traditional activities such as hockey, football and netball has also fallen in the past decade.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]The ball used in netball.
      • ‘She first picked up a netball at Poppleton Road Junior School in 1955 and has been hooked on the game ever since.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a long way from Liz Ellis who has a netball, ‘The Gripper’, named after her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clinic participants also will have the opportunity to win a netball signed by members of the Sandpipers team.’
      • ‘Each week different sports balls were given away - footballs, rugby balls, basketballs, netballs and volleyballs.’
      • ‘I run away from netballs, swerve to avoid hockey sticks, grind to a halt in the sack race.’

Pronunciation:

netball

/ˈnɛtbɔːl/