foul line
noun Date: 1878 1. either of two straight lines extending from the rear corner of home plate through the outer corners of first and third base respectively and prolonged to the boundary of a baseball field 2. a line across a bowling alley that a player must not step over when delivering the ball 3. either of two lines on a basketball court parallel to and 15 feet from the backboards behind which a player must stand while shooting a free throw

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • foul line — foul′ line n. 1) spo either of two lines on a baseball diamond connecting home plate with first and third base respectively, or their continuations to the end of the outfield 2) spo a line on a basketball court 15 ft. (4.6 m) from the backboard,… …   From formal English to slang

  • foul line — foul ,line noun count 1. ) in basketball, either of the lines that players get a chance to score points from after an opponent has committed a foul 2. ) in baseball, either of the lines that show the limits of the playing area …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foul line — n a line marked on a sports field outside of which a ball cannot be legally played …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foul line — ☆ foul line n. 1. Baseball either of the lines extending from home plate through the outside corners of first base or third base and onward to the end of the outfield 2. Basketball a free throw line: see FREE THROW 3. Tennis Bowling etc. any of… …   English World dictionary

  • foul line — {n.} 1. Either of two lines separating fair from foul ground in baseball. * /Willie hit the ball just inside the foul line for a double./ 2. A line across the upper end of a bowling alley across which a bowler must not step. * /John bowled a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • foul line — {n.} 1. Either of two lines separating fair from foul ground in baseball. * /Willie hit the ball just inside the foul line for a double./ 2. A line across the upper end of a bowling alley across which a bowler must not step. * /John bowled a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • foul\ line — noun 1. Either of two lines separating fair from foul ground in baseball. Willie hit the ball just inside the foul line for a double. 2. A line across the upper end of a bowling alley across which a bowler must not step. John bowled a strike but… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • foul line — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms foul line : singular foul line plural foul lines 1) in basketball, either of the lines that players get a chance to score points from after an opponent has committed a foul 2) in baseball, either of the lines… …   English dictionary

  • foul line — line beyond which a batter is not supposed to hit a ball (Baseball) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • foul line — 1. Baseball. either of the two lines connecting home plate with first and third base respectively, or their continuations to the end of the outfield. 2. Also called free throw line. Basketball. a line on the court 15 ft. (4.6 m) from the… …   Universalium

  • foul line — noun 1. a line from which basketball players take penalty shots • Hypernyms: ↑line • Part Holonyms: ↑key, ↑paint 2. a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross • Hypernyms: ↑line …   Useful english dictionary

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