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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TEN'NIS, n. A play in which a ball is driven continually or kept in motion by rackets.
TEN'NIS, v.t. To drive a ball.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court [syn: tennis, lawn tennis]

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English tenetz, tenys, probably from Anglo-French tenez, 2d person plural imperative of tenir to hold more at tenable Date: 15th century 1. court tennis 2. an indoor or outdoor game that is played with rackets and a light elastic ball by two players or pairs of players on a level court (as of clay or grass) divided by a low net

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. either of two games (lawn tennis and real tennis) in which two or four players strike a ball with rackets over a net stretched across a court. Phrases and idioms: tennis-ball a ball used in playing tennis. tennis-court a court used in playing tennis. tennis elbow a sprain caused by or as by playing tennis. tennis-racket a racket used in playing tennis. tennis shoe a light canvas or leather soft-soled shoe suitable for tennis or general casual wear. Etymology: ME tenetz, tenes, etc., app. f. OF tenez 'take, receive', called by the server to an opponent, imper. of tenir take

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tennis Ten"nis, n. [OE. tennes, tenies, tenyse; of uncertain origin, perhaps fr. F. tenez hold or take it, fr. tenir to hold (see Tenable).] 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. --Shak. His easy bow, his good stories, his style of dancing and playing tennis, . . . were familiar to all London. --Macaulay. Court tennis, the old game of tennis as played within walled courts of peculiar construction; -- distinguished from lawn tennis. Lawn tennis. See under Lawn, n. Tennis court, a place or court for playing the game of tennis. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tennis Ten"nis, v. t. To drive backward and forward, as a ball in playing tennis. [R.] --Spenser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. Tennis is a game played by two or four players on a rectangular court. The players use an oval bat with strings across it to hit a ball over a net across the middle of the court.

Foolish Dictionary

A game in which the participants enjoy a racket on the side and raise the deuce over a net, while the volleys drive them from set to set and love scores as often as it's mentioned.

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