The New International Encyclopædia/Badminton (game)
BAD′MINTON (from Badminton, England, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort). A game which somewhat resembles lawn tennis. It can be played either in or out of doors, on a marked-out space 40 feet long by 20 feet wide, divided into 4 courts, 2 at each end, with a centre space, across which a net is fixed, 5 or 5½ feet in height. It is played with shuttlecocks, 5 inches high, and weighing 1 ounce, which are driven by rackets or battledores over the net, backward and forward, until one of the players fails, under certain technical regulations applicable to the game, to return it.