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FOOTBALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does football mean? 

FOOTBALL (noun)
  The noun FOOTBALL has 2 senses:

1. any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
2. the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

  Familiarity information: FOOTBALL used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FOOTBALL (noun)


Sense 1football [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

football; football game

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

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

field game (an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions)

Meronyms (parts of "football"):

half (in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval)

Domain member category:

kick (make a goal)

place-kick (score (a goal) by making a place kick)

quarterback (play the quarterback)

fullback (play the fullback)

line up (take one's position before a kick-off)

winger ((sports) player in wing position)

wingback ((football) the person who plays wingback)

tight end ((football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle)

complete; nail (complete a pass)

tackle (seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball)

drop-kick; dropkick (drop and kick (a ball) as it touches the ground, as for a field goal)

ball-hawking (used of a player skilled in stealing the ball or robbing a batter of a hit)

pass; passing (of advancing the ball by throwing it)

running (of advancing the ball by running)

uncompleted (not caught or not caught within bounds)

completed (caught)

broken-field (varying in direction suddenly and frequently)

return (make a return)

ground (throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage)

drop-kick; dropkick (make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick)

tailback ((football) the person who plays tailback)

split end ((football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen)

midfield ((sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse))

yard marker ((football) a marker indicating the yard line)

professional football (football played for pay)

punt; punting ((football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground)

kickoff ((football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score)

football score (the score in a football game)

fake; juke ((football) a deceptive move made by a football player)

dropkick ((football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground)

place kick; place-kicking ((sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking)

back ((football) a person who plays in the backfield)

ball carrier ((football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play)

center; snapper ((football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback)

rusher ((football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball)

running back ((football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage)

field general; quarterback; signal caller ((football) the person who plays quarterback)

punter ((football) a person who kicks the football by dropping it from the hands and contacting it with the foot before it hits the ground)

place-kicker; placekicker ((football) a kicker who makes a place kick for a goal)

forward passer; passer ((football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass)

halfback ((football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position)

fullback ((football) the running back who plays the fullback position on the offensive team)

end ((football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage)

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

American football; American football game (a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays)

professional football (football played for pay)

rugby; rugby football; rugger (a form of football played with an oval ball)

association football; soccer (a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal)


Sense 2football [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

ball (round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games)

Meronyms (parts of "football"):

bladder (a bag that fills with air)


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