backfield

noun back·field \ ˈbak-ˌfēld \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of backfield

: the football players whose positions are behind the line of scrimmage; also : the positions themselves

Examples of backfield in a Sentence

  1. a tackle made in the backfield

  2. The team has a strong backfield.

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First Known Use of backfield

1897

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Definition of backfield for English Language Learners

  • : the area of the field that is behind the line of scrimmage

  • : the players who line up behind the line of scrimmage


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