from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game played with rackets and a ball suspended by a string from an upright pole, the object of each side being to wrap the string around the pole by striking the ball in a direction opposite to the other.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lawn-game Played by two players with rackets and a ball which is hung, or ‘tethered,’ by a cord to the top of a pole. The object of the game is to wind the string that holds the ball around the pole by striking the ball with the racket, the opponent endeavoring to do this in the opposite direction.
  • n. The ball used in this game.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game with two players who use rackets to strike a ball that is tethered to the top of a pole; the object is to wrap the string around the pole


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  • If you're going to be there, I'll be connected tether-ball style to the Chaosium/Elder Signs Press booth, so drop by and say "My God, there are a lot of books here."

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • The latter had had the gardener set up a tall pole, to which was attached a tennis-ball by a cord, and she and Rolfe were hard at work on a game of tether-ball.

    The Titan

  • 'This' ere game of tether-ball, 'he said,' fair makes me giddy. '

    Gone to Earth


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