Online English learning Courses
    courses   dictionary
Double-click any word on the page to look it up in the dictionary.

Audio » Dictionary » A » Atherinopsis ... Atmospheric Condition


Pronunciation (US): Play

 Dictionary entry overview: What does athletics mean? 

  The noun ATHLETICS has 3 senses:

1. an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
2. a contest between athletes
3. participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity

  Familiarity information: ATHLETICS used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1athletics [BACK TO TOP]


An active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


athletics; sport

Hypernyms ("athletics" is a kind of...):

diversion; recreation (an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates)

Domain member category:

spar (fight with spurs)

Rollerblade (travel on shoes with a single line of rubber wheels attached to their soles)

speed skate (race on skates)

ski (move along on skis)

schuss (ski downhill)

sled; sleigh (ride (on) a sled)

bob; bobsled (ride a bobsled)

luge; toboggan (move along on a luge or toboggan)

water ski (ride water skis)

row (propel with oars)

scull (propel with sculls)

canoe (travel by canoe)

kayak (travel in a small canoe)

skateboard (ride on a flat board with rollers attached to the bottom)

roller skate (travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles)

figure skate (dance on skates)

prizefight (box for a prize or money)

shadowbox (go through boxing motions without an opponent)

tramp (travel on foot, especially on a walking expedition)

hike (walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise)

mountaineer (climb mountains for pleasure as a sport)

abseil; rappel; rope down (lower oneself with a double rope coiled around the body from a mountainside)

backpack; pack (hike with a backpack)

run (run with the ball; in such sports as football)

jog (run for exercise)

skate (move along on skates)

spread-eagle (execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out)

ice skate (move along on ice skates)

paddle (propel with a paddle)

surf; surfboard (ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard)

home (used of your own ground)

away (used of an opponent's ground)

most-valuable (designating the player judged to be the most important to the sport)

ineligible (prohibited by official rules)

defending (attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring)

onside (not offside; being within the prescribed area of play)

offside; offsides (illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or ahead of the ball or puck)

underarm; underhand; underhanded (with hand brought forward and up from below shoulder level)

overarm; overhand; overhanded (with hand brought forward and down from above shoulder level)

upfield (away from the defending teams' end of the playing field)

downfield; downfield (toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field)

disqualified (barred from competition for violation of rules)

legal (allowed by official rules)

loose ((of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player)

windsurf (ride standing on a surfboard with an attached sail, on water)

skin-dive (swim underwater with a breathing apparatus)

jackknife (dive into the water bending the body at the waist at a right angle, like a jackknife)

snorkel (dive with a snorkel)

ski jump (jump on skis)

hurdle (jump a hurdle)

ride the bench; warm the bench (be out of the game)

run (make without a miss)

sit out (not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event))

in play (of a ball)

out of play ((of a ball))

man-to-man; one-on-one (being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player)

at home (on the home team's field)

offside ((sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.))

English; side ((sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist)

series ((sports) several contests played successively by the same teams)

trial ((sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications)

defence; defending team; defense ((sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring)

bench warmer ((sports) a substitute who seldom plays)

coach; handler; manager ((sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team)

free agent ((sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team)

iron man; ironman (a strong man of exceptional physical endurance)

ref; referee ((sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play)

scout; talent scout (someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports))

shooter ((sports) a player who drives or kicks a ball at the goal (or a basketball player who shoots at the basket))

timekeeper; timer ((sports) an official who keeps track of the time elapsed)

won-lost record ((sports) a record of win versus losses)

game plan ((sports) a plan for achieving an objective in some sport)

tuck ((sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest)

wipeout (a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard))

flip; pass; toss ((sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team)

daisy cutter (a batted or served ball that skims along close to the ground)

call ((sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee)

birling; logrolling (rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport))

shot; stroke ((sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand)

position ((in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player)

foul (an act that violates of the rules of a sport)

personal foul (a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football))

possession ((sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck))

save ((sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring)

press box (box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event))

deficit ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing)

lead ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning)

bandy (toss or strike a ball back and forth)

double-team (cover with two defensive players)

submarine (bring down with a blow to the legs)

kick (drive or propel with the foot)

punt (kick the ball)

follow through (carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball)

kill (hit with great force)

kill (hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games)

racket (hit (a ball) with a racket)

carry; dribble (propel,)

cut (hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction)

box (engage in a boxing match)

spar (box lightly)

down (bring down or defeat (an opponent))

drop (lose (a game))

free agency ((sports) the state of a professional athlete who is free to negotiate a contract to play for any team)

regulation time ((sports) the normal prescribed duration of a game)

sudden death ((sports) overtime in which play is stopped as soon as one contestant scores; e.g. football and golf)

bout; round; turn ((sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive)

surge (see one's performance improve)

seed (distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds)

outclass (cause to appear in a lower class)

call (indicate a decision in regard to)

curl (play the Scottish game of curling)

start (play in the starting lineup)

field (play as a fielder)

shoot (score)

referee; umpire (be a referee or umpire in a sports competition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "athletics"):

funambulism; tightrope walking (walking on a tightrope or slack rope)

racing (the sport of engaging in contests of speed)

equitation; horseback riding; riding (the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements)

cycling (the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle)

blood sport (sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting))

athletic game (a game involving athletic activity)

judo (a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling; developed in Japan)

spectator sport (a sport that many people find entertaining to watch)

team sport (a sport that involves competition between teams of players)

skating (the sport of gliding on skates)

sledding (the sport of riding on a sled or sleigh)

archery (the sport of shooting arrows with a bow)

rock climbing (the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment))

contact sport (a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players)

field sport; outdoor sport (a sport that is played outdoors)

gymanstic exercise; gymnastics (a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility)

track and field (participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it)

skiing (a sport in which participants must travel on skis)

aquatics; water sport (sports that involve bodies of water)

row; rowing (the act of rowing as a sport)

Sense 2athletics [BACK TO TOP]


A contest between athletes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


athletic competition; athletic contest; athletics

Hypernyms ("athletics" is a kind of...):

competition; contest (an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "athletics"):

hop-step-and-jump; triple jump (an athletic contest in which a competitor must perform successively a hop and a step and a jump in continuous movement)

meet; sports meeting (a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held)

pentathlon (an athletic contest consisting of five different events)

prelim; preliminary (a minor match preceding the main event)

Special Olympics (an athletic contest modeled after the Olympic Games but intended for mentally or physically handicapped persons)

Olympiad; Olympic Games; Olympics (the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country)

decathlon (an athletic contest consisting of ten different events)

tug-of-war (a contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses)

Sense 3athletics [BACK TO TOP]


Participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("athletics" is a kind of...):

extracurricular activity (educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum)

 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Why pay for the cow when the milk is free?" (English proverb)

"The river won't get dirty just by the dog's bark." (Afghanistan proverb)

"If a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity." (Arabic proverb)

"Forbidden fruit is the sweetest." (Czech proverb)

 ATHLETICS: related words searches 

Page delivered in 0.0995 seconds