• WordNet 3.6
    • n handball a game played in a walled court or against a single wall by two or four players who strike a rubber ball with their hands
    • n handball a small rubber ball used in playing the game of handball
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Handball A game played with such a ball, as by players striking it to and fro between them with the hands, or, when played in a walled court or against a single wall, striking it in turns against a wall, until one side or the other fails to return the ball.
    • Handball A small ball, usually made of rubber, thrown or struck with the hand in various games.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handball The sport of throwing and catching a ball: the common game of ball before the use of bats.
    • n handball A game in which a small ball is batted or struck by one of two players with his hand against a wall, and, on rebounding, is struck in like manner by the other. This continues until one player fails to strike and return the ball on the fly or first bound.
    • n handball A bulb or hollow punctured ball of india-rubber designed to be compressed by the hand.
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  • John Larroquette
    John Larroquette
    “A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadn't stopped [drinking], I'd be playing handball with John Belushi right now.”


In literature:

Cranly took a small grey handball from his pocket and began to examine it closely, turning it over and over.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
She then set it down, and rang a handball two or three times sharply.
"The Room in the Dragon Volant" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
The champion handball player has always been of Irish blood.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
They play "blindman's buff," and "hunt the slipper," and handball and football.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
Mr. A. went on the street with a handball, and coaxed some stray idler to join him in a game.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
His stomach felt like a hard rubber handball.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Stanton turned away from the handball court and walked toward the physical therapist, who was holding out a robe for him.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Technically, the term "handball" applies to the balls used in the game of Handball.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The other men busied themselves with handball and quoits.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Football, baseball, handball, tennis, rowing and pugilism are his preferences.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
I've given up the boxing and handball.
"The Trouble with Telstar" by John Berryman
Stanton turned away from the handball court and walked toward the physical therapist, who held out a robe for him.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He thought at that moment, inanely, he should play more handball.
"You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did" by David E. Fisher
But the little old Maintainer was a seething red-hot puddle filled with bubbles big as handballs.
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
But we don't want you out playing handball for a few days.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Baggs of Tipperary, who was in his prime about 1855, was the most celebrated Irish handball player.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
Thus the game is really a combination of football and handball.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Thierry Henry says he considered retiring from international soccer in the wake of the uproar surrounding his handball that helped set up France's goal against Ireland to clinch World Cup qualification.
Cesar Sala and Satish Jagnandan are the Nadal and Federer of handball.
Gilardino suspended for handball goal (VIDEO).
Savin Hill man among world's best at handball.
He scouts for discounted air tickets and flies alone to compete in the national handball tournament, which offers no prize money.
Spain's Iker Romero, right, is marked by Iceland's Arnor Atlason in the men's handball semifinal.
RELATIVELY POPULAR in Europe and parts of Asia but largely unknown in North America, team handball has nothing to do with a ball ricocheting off four walls.
The Penises of the Icelandic Handball Team.
Francis Prep handily takes 10th city handball title.
County first in nation to offer interscholastic team handball .
Seven-time champion from Onondaga heads to Ireland for the 2012 World Handball Championship.
Blalock/The Post-Standard Dennis Uffer plays handball at the Downtown YMCA in Syracuse.
French Olympic Champion Karabatic Denies Betting on Handball .
The 60-year-old handball player wins four national age-group titles this year.
Fit Carden has dominating year on the handball circuit.