handball
Noun

handball

  1. (uncountable) A team sport where two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team.
  2. (countable) The medium-sized inflated ball used in this sport.
  3. (countable, soccer) The offence of a player other than the goalkeeper touching the ball with the hand or arm on the field during play.
  4. (uncountable, US, Ireland) A sport in which players alternately strike the ball against a wall with their hand. Irish and American variants have slightly different rules.
  5. (countable, US) The small rubber ball used in this sport.
  6. (countable, Australian Rules Football) An act of passing a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
  7. (uncountable, Australia) A schoolyard game in which a tennis ball is struck with the hand, played on a improvised court on the asphalt or pavement.
Synonyms
  • (team sport involving throwing a ball into a goal) European handball, Olympic handball, team handball
  • (sport involving bouncing a ball off a wall) court handball
Translations Translations
  • French: ballon de handball, ballon, balle
  • German: Handball
  • Portuguese: bola de andebol, bola de handebol
Translations Translations
  • French: handball américain
Translations
  • French: balle de handball américain, balle
Verb

handball (handballs, present participle handballing; past and past participle handballed)

  1. To manually load or unload a container, trailer, or to otherwise manually move bulk goods (often on pallets) from one type of transport receptacle to another.
  2. (soccer) To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm.
    If the defender handballs in the penalty area, a penalty is awarded.
    Synonyms: handle
  3. (Australian rules football) To (legally) pass a football by holding it with one hand and hitting it with the other.
    • 2001, Jerry R. Thomas, Alan G. Launder, Jack K. Nelson, Play Practice: The Games Approach to Teaching and Coaching Sports, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=g1T3SFR6cU8C&pg=PA111&dq=%22handballed%22|%22handballing%22+australian+OR+rules+OR+afl+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kcd1T_jHGcWiiAfCocnuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22handballed%22|%22handballing%22%20australian%20OR%20rules%20OR%20afl%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 111],
      Meanwhile, you can introduce the basic concept of Aussie rules through a game like lineball, a lead-up game introduced in the basketball section of chapter 10, but with the ball handballed, not thrown.
    • 2005, Andrew McLeod, Trevor D. Jaques, Australian Football: Steps to Success, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=av8cdbCw2G8C&pg=PA9&dq=%22handballed%22|%22handballing%22+australian+OR+rules+OR+afl+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kcd1T_jHGcWiiAfCocnuDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22handballed%22|%22handballing%22%20australian%20OR%20rules%20OR%20afl%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 9],
      An obvious way in which football has changed over the last decade or two has been in the use of handballing.
    • 2009, John P. Devaney, Full Points Footy: Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=bhgR0V0C4dYC&pg=PA246&dq=%22handballed%22|%22handballing%22+australian+OR+rules+OR+afl+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2st1T9PQEI2TiAfBron0Dg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 246],
      On only 8 occasions during the entire match did players who had marked the ball decide not to walk slowly and purposefully back and take their kick, but instead play on by handballing to a team mate.
  4. (sexuality, slang) To insert a hand into someone's anus.



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