What does Tennis mean?

Definitions for Tennis
ˈtɛn ɪsTen·nis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tennis, lawn tennisnoun

    a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court


  1. tennisnoun

    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.

  2. Etymology: tenez, second-person imperative of tenir.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tennisnoun

    A play at which a ball is driven with a racket.

    Etymology: this play is supposed by Stephen Skinner to be so named from the word tenez, take it, hold it, or there it goes, used by the French when they drive the ball.

    The barber’s man hath been seen with him, and the old ornament of his cheek hath already stuffed tennis balls. William Shakespeare.

    There was he gaming, there o’ertook in’s rowse,
    There falling out at tennis. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    A prince, by a hard destiny, became a tennis ball long to the blind goddess. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    It can be no more disgrace to a great lord to draw a fair picture, than to play at tennis with his page. Henry Peacham.

    The inside of the uvea is blacked like the walls of a tennis court, that the rays falling upon the retina may not, by being rebounded thence upon the uvea, be returned again; for such a repercussion would make the sight more confused. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    We conceive not a tennis ball to think, and consequently not to have any volition, or preference of motion to rest. John Locke.

    We have no exedra for the philosophers adjoining to our tennis court, but there are alehouses. Scriblerus Club .

  2. To Tennisverb

    To drive as a ball.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Those four garisons issuing forth upon the enemy, will so drive him from one side to another, and tennis him amongst them, that he shall find no where safe to keep his feet in, nor hide himself. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tennisnoun

    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

  2. Tennisverb

    to drive backward and forward, as a ball in playing tennis

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tennis

    ten′is, n. an ancient game for two to four persons, played with ball and rackets within a building specially constructed for the purpose: lawn-tennis (q.v.), a modern imitation of the former.—ns. Tenn′is-ball, a ball used in the game of tennis; Tenn′is-court, a place or court for playing at tennis. [Skeat suggests O. Fr. tenies, pl. of tenie, a fillet—L. tænia.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Tennis

    A game played by two or four players with rackets and an elastic ball on a level court divided by a low net.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tennis' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3526

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tennis' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3523

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tennis' in Nouns Frequency: #1453

Anagrams for Tennis »

  1. nestin, sennit, sinnet, tensin

  2. Nestin

  3. Sennit

  4. Sinnet

  5. Tensin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tennis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tennis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Tennis in a Sentence

  1. Goolagong Cawley:

    Ash is a very worthy number one and winning at the French will have given her even more confidence, i am so proud that another Aboriginal player sits on top of the rankings in women's tennis, particularly a young lady who conveys such happiness in all she does.

  2. Eva Lys:

    Tennis professionals don't embody a country in the same way that national teams do, so I think it's right to ban Russian teams to send a crystal clear message. And I think it's good that you take out flags or the reference to Russia in tennis, but let the individual professionals play.

  3. Johanna Konta:

    I know there's, I guess, more attention, and there's more interest in my performance, but that's also a good thing. It means we're talking more about women's tennis in this country.

  4. Roger Federer:

    It is going to be tough as I've had a long break, one of the longer ones I've had in many years but it was necessary as I played a lot of tennis in the last six to eight months.

  5. Elina Svitolina:

    Definitely for me, my goal is to be number one. In Ukraine, being number one is something bigger (than winning a grand slam) because lots of people (notice you) if you are number one in the world, for the tennis world, winning a grand slam might be better but for people who do not know tennis, being number one gets more attention.

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