double dribble


Definition of double dribble

: an illegal action in basketball made when a player dribbles the ball with two hands simultaneously or continues to dribble after allowing the ball to come to rest in one or both hands

Examples of double dribble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a fair share of double dribbles, travels and moving screens, which, paired with Texas’ mere three turnovers allowed them to hang with the Jayhawks. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas’ promising performance plagued by poor shooting in loss to No. 3 Kansas," 3 Feb. 2020 They were called for a double dribble and a 3-second violation during a six-turnover first quarter, when the Nets opened a 14-point lead. Brian Mahoney,, "Dinwiddie, playing in place of Irving, scores 32 as Nets beat Celtics," 29 Nov. 2019 After a timeout, Victor Oladipo (14 points, 10 turnovers) was called for a double dribble on a drive to the basket. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Bogey saves the day for the Pacers," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of double dribble

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double dribble was circa 1949

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“Double dribble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of double dribble

basketball : an illegal action that happens when a player dribbles the ball with two hands at the same time or starts to dribble again after stopping

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