from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large inflatable ball used for games especially at a beach or swimming pool.

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  • noun A large light inflatable ball, ideally suited to beach games.

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  • noun large and light ball; for play at the seaside


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  • A beach ball (also beachball) is a large inflatable ball used in various games and other recreational activities traditionally conducted on the beach. Their large size and light weight means it takes little effort to propel one, and they travel slowly to their target, making them ideal for lazy games on hot days, though their lightness makes it difficult to play with them in strong wind.

    The beach ball was invented by Jonathon DeLonge in 1938 in California. Beach balls are manufactured in a wide variety of sizes, with diameters ranging from a few inches to four feet. They generally consist of a set of soft plastic panels—two circular panels, one of which contains a valve for inflation, connected by a series of bulged-rectangle-shaped pieces, which are joined side-by-side and form most of the surface area of the ball.


    February 1, 2008