from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game played with rackets and a light ball by two players or two pairs of players on a rectangular court, as of grass, clay, or asphalt, divided by a net. Also called lawn tennis.
- n. Court tennis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sport played by either two or four players with strung racquets, a 2½" (6.4 cm) ball, and a net approximately 3 feet high on a clay, grass, or cement court.
- n. A match in this sport.
- v. To play tennis.
- v. To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A play in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racket or with the open hand.
- transitive v. To drive backward and forward, as a ball in playing tennis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very old and elaborate ball-game played by two, three, or four persons in a building specially constructed for the purpose.
- n. Same as lawn-tennis.
- To drive, as a ball in playing tennis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
Middle English tenetz, tenyes, court tennis, from Anglo-Norman tenetz and Old French tenez, pl. imperative of tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see detain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French tenez, second-person imperative of tenir ("hold"). (Wiktionary)